I’ve gotta say…it was really tough for me to get in the spirit of Christmas this year. I’m not sure what it was. It’s my favorite time of year and I usually can’t wait to put the tree up and start listening to my Christmas play list. I love the decorations all over the house, the lights, the food, the get-togethers, the white elephant gift exchanges and the Christmas plays. I don’t know why, but this year it felt like something I had to get through and I hate even saying that!
Christmas day, though, was wonderful and festive and fun and all of the things it’s supposed to be and made me glad I dragged myself into the Christmas spirit. My husband ordered some pastries from a local 5 star bakery for everyone to enjoy in the morning as we opened presents…
…and I put out some bing cherries my husband found for me as an early Christmas present (they are my favorite) and some clementines, so it wasn’t all butter and sugar.
All of our family arrived at 8:30 and the present opening commenced. This year was much more about the boys, but I had a pretty nice Christmas myself! In what’s becoming a Christmas tradition, my husband got me a pair of boots…
I saw these in an Athleta catalog a few months ago and fell in love with the laces and buckles. I looked them up on line and discovered they were made by Timberland, so I knew they would be carried in other stores. They were $180 from Athleta and only $80 from Macy’s! I usually let my husband buy my presents, but I told him about the deal, so he gave me the green light.
(Since a lot of people are asking, you can find the boots HERE at Macy’s, but they’re $150 now. A reader found them on Amazon for about $110, though. Yes, I do think they run a bit small and narrow as some of the reviews state, but they fit me perfectly.)
Now I need to find some leggings and skirts to wear with them. They’re a little too tight at the top for jeans.
I also got some pretty scarves, gift cards to Mod Cloth and Athleta and some cash to spend as well. I went out yesterday and spent some of that money on some makeup products at Ulta. I felt so out of my depth there! I spent a lot, but they do accept returns if something isn’t working, so I felt a bit more relaxed about it and I know these products will last a really long time.
One gift I’m really excited to “play with” is P90x3. I pretended to cry when my husband gave it to me and asked him what he was trying to say by giving me such an insensitive gift. Of course, I did have it on my list! I really need a new challenge to continue to my weight loss and fitness journey, so I’m going to commit to doing the full program and hope it gets me to my goal.
I just want to look like this…
Is that really too much to ask?
Anyway, there was lots of Lego building and magic tricks and balls of wrapping paper on the floor. It was a hustle and bustle day and I was about ready to collapse at the end of it.
Our traditional Christmas meal is tenderloin steak, which as a vegetarian, I didn’t eat, so I made myself a crust-less quiche. The sides are homemade hash browns, cheese grits…
…roasted asparagus, rolls…
…and a congealed fruit salad that was my great-grandmother’s recipe. It’s so 1950’s retro, but I look forward to it twice every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas. My great grandmother used to make it once a week and chill it in single-serving jello molds for her grand kids. She was quite a woman and most of our family recipes come from her and her cook.
…and we tried taking family pictures while we were all together, which is always an adventure.
Here’s a picture of my lovely sister in law when her eyes aren’t crossed.
She got me hooked on the word/speed game Banana Grams.
The boys are out of school until after New Years, but otherwise things are settling back into normal. I took the tree down already and will start the post-Christmas clean up over the next couple of days. I’ve set some deadlines for myself in January on a couple of big business projects I’ve been working on, so I need to start getting geared up to get back to work.
And I need to start working out again after all of that food! I actually did this morning, but I need to get into a routine.
That’s a recap of my Christmas. How was yours?