Have yourself a Merry Christmas.
It’s amazing how time flies these days. It’s Christmas time again. Are you traveling to see family and friends and spend time with them this holiday season? Or, are you staying home and host a big Christmas Party? Whichever it is, I bet it’s going be a wonderful event for everyone.
As for me and my family, we are celebrating Christmas Day at my parents-in-law’s home in Tyler. While making this post, my dear husband is currently prepping the brisket to put in the oven in a few for tomorrow’s Christmas Day dinner.
This Christmas Eve, we attended the church service at 6:00 P.M. When we got home after church and had dinner, we started the party. The children could not wait to open their Christmas presents. So after dinner, we head on and started the Christmas Party. They started opening gifts from the youngest kid to the oldest. Boy, they were so excited and anxious!
Opening Christmas presents.
So, the young ones had a great time opening their presents. I think everybody loved the stuff they got from the family. K was so excited to see if Santa will give her nice gifts for Christmas. We brought the reindeer food she received from the class Christmas Party at school since we’re at the grandparents’ house. We had to make sure Santa will stop by and drop off her presents. 🙂 Na-Na helped her scatter the reindeer food in the backyard. (FYI: Reindeer food is a mixture of oatmeal and glitters or sparkles.)
After the kids’ unwrapping presents, it was adults turn to open gifts and play the White Elephant Gift Exchange. We missed my brother-in-law and his wife in this year’s family Christmas Party because they’re both sick. Nephew M is in Florida and niece M and her family will be coming over tomorrow, Christmas Day.
It was a fun evening. So thankful for family, love, time, and the blessings we received all year.
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Happy Holidays, everyone! How are you doing? Are you starting to relax now from the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and decorating? Whether you are hosting a party or not, it feels nice to see our homes all decked up for the Holidays.
Speaking about shopping, I tried very hard not to spend too much on home decorations this year. I had so much Christmas decorations from the past 8 years, and honestly I am not ready to get rid of them. Anyway, I would like to share some holiday cheer from my home to yours. I am not very good at home decorating but I did my best. 🙂
Big flower arrangement by the entry way.
Now this big flower arrangement was quite expensive because it was priced $20 at a local garage sale. I bargained for half the price but the seller’s lowest price was $15. I bought it anyway because I really, really liked it. It looked taller on the round oriental vase.
Christmas table runner and poinsettia placemats
Do you enjoy decorating for the Holidays? I do. As soon as the stores put their Holiday decorations on discounted sale, my family, friends and I buy whatever we can find that we like. Most of my Christmas decorations and pieces were more than 5 years old. These poinsettia placemats were given to me by my mother-in-law. Aren’t they pretty? The table runner was from Ross.
The centerpieces were bought from a on online local garage sale.
candle holder – $.50
crystal vase – $5
crystal candy dish – $3
colored balls and fillers – $2
Glass Christmas ball cardinal decor
Mesh Christmas wreath with cardinal bird and nest.
This mesh Christmas wreath was also given by my mother-in-law two years ago. She won this at a raffle (door prize) at a Christmas Party with her group of friends.
I am so feeling festive now. I love Christmas season. How about you?
Our little one was very excited and anxious to open her Christmas presents under the Christmas tree since I began wrapping gifts which is two weeks ago. She kept on asking me and dear husband if she can open her gifts already. We just told her to wait for Christmas Eve. Good thing DD didn’t insist.
But this morning, after drinking her chocolate milk, she entered my bedroom and got very quiet in there. I called her name and asked what she’s doing. Then she came out looking so excited showing me the lady bug sticker which is in her stocking hung on daddy’s dresser. So she was peeking in her Christmas stocking! What a clever girl.
“I got a lady bug sticker. See?”
So we just let her take the sticker. That made her busy for the whole morning today.
Traditionally, in the Philippines, we prepare Noche Buena or Christmas dinner. The whole family goes to church for mass on Christmas Eve. Then everyone enjoys the Christmas dinner and opening gifts after that. It was only this morning when dear husband and I decided what to cook for our Noche Buena. I made stir-fry noodles (pansit) and fried some country style pork shoulder. We bought a champagne at Wal-Mart and he prepared a Mimosa for me. 🙂 And as you know, this will be the very first time we will spend Christmas at our home.
My Mimosa. Cheers! Happy Holidays!
I thought of my cousin Emz and asked if it’s okay to come over to their place because I am bringing some pansit to her. Gladly they’re already home from church. Besides bringing food and Christmas gifts to them this Christmas Eve, we also went to wish them a Happy Christmas. Our little girls want to play. They went to Audrey’s room and start gathering a few toys out. But we already told DD that we won’t stay long. We just came over to wish cousins Merry Christmas. Good thing she didn’t fuss. The girls were so anxious about opening presents.
Presents for the Jones family are ready.
It was very cold outside but we’re not getting any snow for Christmas this year. But Texas, somehow, gets it hopefully soon. 🙂 Have a Holly Jolly Christmas everyone!
How about you? What’s your plan on Christmas Eve?