Christmas started for us 2 weeks before the actual day when we had my in-laws over for dinner before they left for Florida. This has become a tradition for us and it's kind of nice to have a longer celebration and not feel rushed to spend time with everyone on "actual" Christmas Eve/Day. We had my mother and father in-law, grandmother, sister in-law, 3 nephews and 2 nieces all over for dinner, relaxing and of course presents for the kids! Dinner was awesome, especially these new roasted sweet potatoes that I discovered. And the boys were thrilled with their gifts from Grandma and Grandpa.
|Pile of presents from Grandma & Grandpa|
|Using one of our gifts - fingerpaints|
Our second Christmas celebration was our traditional dinner at Carl's house on Christmas Eve. This year is was my family, his family and our parents. It was great to have them in town to celebrate. We ate the traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner including herring, sauerkraut & mushroom soup, fish & pierogies and of course dessert. Sarah and I also made yummy Grinch drinks for the night. While not my favorite meal, everything was really good, especially the homemade pierogies. The kids exchanged Christmas presents and the boys were super excited about their gifts, especially the new I Spy Disney game and the Lego Duplo Batman set.
|Christmas Eve selfie - me & my Grinch drink|
|Cousins eating dinner|
|First gift - a new basketball hoop from Mom & Dad|
|Zak tearing into a gift|
|Big gifts - new video games|
The rest of the day we spent opening toys, setting them up and playing. Last year we started the tradition of not cooking on Christmas Day. We just do appetizers, frozen stuff or easy to heat up stuff. It's SO nice not to have to worry about cooking a big meal! I really enjoy being a kid all day long! My parents stopped by for a few hours in the afternoon for some snacks to and exchange gifts. They gave the boys the other video game they really wanted, Lego Batman 3 and gave Adrian and I some new pots that we really needed!
It was a nice holiday spent with a ton of family. I'm glad it stretched over almost two weeks, it was nice to breathe between celebrations! Hope you all had a great Christmas too!!