Day 24 – “X” First Xmas in Our New House
I’m aware this is an odd time of year for a “holiday” post, but the letter “X” did not allow for much creativity. 🙂
Ahh Christmas. Easily my favorite holiday. There are so many things about this time of year that I look forward to and treasure. Twinkly lights, the sweet smell of fir, the spicy aroma of fall and winter themed candles casting their warm glow, family togetherness, delicious goodies, carols, and the ever present hope for snow.
I was so excited this past year to host Christmas. It was our first Christmas as a married couple and our first Christmas in our new home. I wanted the day to be special and full of laughter and memories that we would treasure for years to come. Granted, this is not always the case. You get upwards of 10 people in a house together for extended periods of time and tensions are bound to develop. I am so happy to say that my wishes for minimal arguments came true and the day flew by seamlessly.
My family came by before our early afternoon dinner to exchange gifts and have some time alone before the rest of the gang came over. We continued with the gift exchange when my new, extended family came by, starting the day out on a happy and appreciative note before settling down to over indulge in Christmas dinner.
I didn’t ruin or burn anything! I went all out and made turkey, mashed potatoes, bacon sauteed brussel sprouts, homemade bread (amazing recipe!!), we had pie for desert, and a lovely spread of appetizers prior to the meal. We had to push tables together and pulled out folding chairs to fit everyone in, but it was a truly lovely meal. My husband’s parents, sister, and her two daughters were there along with my parents and sister. There was just so much love and joy in my house that day. Easily the best family get together in a long time, a feeling that was fortunately shared by everyone.
After dinner, the guys watched a futball match (soccer for you Americans 😉 ) and the ladies had the best time playing games. Apples to Apples and Pictionary were a hoot. We were laughing to the point of tears. Such great memories! 🙂
With this new extension to my family, my amazing in-laws, new sister, and nieces, I look forward to many more holidays spent together, making memories to cherish, participating in family traditions, and creating new traditions to partake in for decades to come.
What are your favorite Christmas memories? Do you have any favorite traditions?