* Just a warning. Several Christmas posts to come over the next few days. I am way behind on my blogging. Like three weeks behind. Whoops. There will be pictures galore. Here we go...
Since having Addison and starting our own family, our Christmas celebration locations have changed. We now celebrate Christmas with my mom, dad, brother and his girlfriend in Alabama the weekend before Christmas. This year it was a WHOLE week before Christmas which kind of stunk but was kind of nice at the same time. Plenty of time to prepare for Christmas Eve/Day.
We used to have to juggle lots of Christmases with my family but I no longer have any living grandparents so we just have the one now. It's small and quaint but it's fun and we have traditions.
Last year Addison wasn't even walking so I knew that this year would be lots of fun for her. She is so much more aware this year and she will talk your ears off about Christmas and Jesus' birthday! It's precious.
Our traditional Christmas Eve dinner at my moms always consisted of "little chickens" (I will have to post this recipe soon-not healthy, but amazing), mac and cheese (because I am a kid apparently), cream potatoes and some other yummy sides. The important part is the LITTLE CHICKENS. Oh my gahhh, they are good. My brother and I have called them that for as long as I can remember. Of course we also had sausage balls, chex mix (another tradition) and pecan pie. We really enjoy each others company and we take our time not to be in a rush to open presents because we don't get to spend lots of time together very often.
My mom is a "shopaholic." She knows this. She is an over-doer. However, I am not complaining. But the amount of Christmas gifts under her tree was insane. The way we open presents is my brother and I pass out all the gifts to everyone (there's a TON), then we let Addison open her gifts first, get her occupied, then we each open our presents one by one so we can see what everyone got. I LOVE this. That way, no one misses anything. We don't have limits at my moms or anything. You just buy whoever, whatever and that's that. I love it. We don't ask each other "what do you want?" It's usually all a surprise. We may not be able to financially do that in he future but we sure do enjoy it while we can.
We even buy for each other's dogs. I started the Shih Tzu craze in our family 8 years ago when I got Dansby. Then I got Daizy and my brother wanted one like her. So he and his girlfriend now have two Shih Tzu's and my mom has one too. My dad has a fox terrier mix. So we have six dogs there for Christmas and man do we love our pets :)
We are all so blessed that we are able to buy gifts for each other. I know times are hard right now and I do not take for granted what my family does for me at Christmas time. I am so thankful for all the gifts that my family receives. And I really enjoy giving better than getting. Seriously!
Here are some pics from our fun day/night with my family in Alabama.
|She's playing with my new iPhone (thanks mom)|
|Addison and daddy|
|Rocking in my oldrocking chair!|
|Addison and (my mom) her Grammy.|
|Addison and (my dad) her Paw|
|Getting ready to open gifts!|
|She loves her JoJo and Gina (my brother and his girlfriend)|
|Here we go. Time to open presents!|
|She loves Thomas theTrain. Giving him a kiss.|
|Her new Tiger spinbrush!|
|A tad bit in love with Toy Story.|
|My dad started buying her these her 1st Christmas. It's a tradition now.|
|Her new lion towel.|
|A Thomas train set. She gasped!|
|Ohhhh what's next??|
|My dad insisted on buying her a snow suit :) It's been 70 this week so not sure if she will ever get to wear it.|
|A fire truck. She asked for this. Cracks me up.|
|Cheesin' for mommy|
|Helping Grammy open gifts with Lotso.|