As I mentioned in my last post, Christmas was a four day celebration for me this year. Starting on Friday, the day before Christmas Eve, all the way through yesterday, the day after Christmas. Having fun is exhausting.
So Friday afternoon we headed to my aunt and uncle’s house to visit with some relatives on my Dad’s side of the family. Their daughter (my cousin) lives down in LA so they don’t get to see her that often. She decided to spend Christmas with her parents this year and brought her 2 little girls with her. Her youngest daughter is one year old and I have only seen her maybe twice, so it was so great to see all of them again. It was a pretty small group, with just a few aunts and uncles and cousins. We went in the early afternoon and stayed for an early dinner and dessert.
Saturday was Christmas Eve, which we normally do a friend’s dinner and gift exchange on this day. However, one of the friends had to work so we switched it to yesterday instead since most people didn’t have to work anyway. My fiance’s family has a nice crab dinner and goes to evening mass on Christmas Eve. The last couple of years I have gone to their house for dinner but then we split ways and I go to the gift exchange and the fiance goes to church. This year we actually got to spend the entire day together. Since my parent’s didn’t have any plans anymore, the fiance and I went over for breakfast and spent the morning with them. Then we went to his parent’s house for dinner and church.
Sunday was Christmas! We got an early start at my parent’s house to open presents so my brother and sister-in-law could head over to her parent’s house after. We all met there at 8am and had breakfast and opened presents. Then at about 10am the fiance and I headed over to his parents house to open more presents with them. After that we had to get ready because we went to Stockton that afternoon for dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house. One of my cousin’s just had a baby last week so it was super exciting to get to meet her! She is adorable. My brother and sister-in-law also FINALLY announced that they are pregnant! They told us about a month ago, but decided they wanted to wait until Christmas to tell all of the extended family in person. It has been so hard to keep my mouth shut. But now I don’t have to! I am so happy for them and so excited to be an auntie!
Yesterday I didn’t have plans until the evening. So I slept in and put together a few Christmas presents in the morning. Then I headed to my parent’s house and took the dogs for a walk. Then we spent the afternoon playing games before heading over to our friends house. We played more games over there, had dinner, and did a white elephant gift exchange. We have a new theme every year and this year’s theme was ‘adventure awaits’. I ended up bringing home a gift card for a horneblower cruise so I was happy. It’s a little sad that it is all over now and I’m definitely not looking forward to taking down the tree. Although I guess there is still New Years to look forward to in less than a week!