First, I just want to say that I have absolutely no pictures from Christmas. I'm terrible, I know. In my defense, I was sick all through Christmas and just wasn't feeling "it." I do however, have pictures of some of the gifts I received and New Year's.
Christmas Eve dinner was hosted by my parents and I. We had lasagna, wedding soup, salad, bread, and Italian butter. I made a homemade alfredo sauce to go along with the lasagna. I also made the Italian butter, and attempted to make my homemade French bread. This year, the bread did not turn out. For dessert, I made white chocolate raspberry shooters. They were SO good! I will do a recipe on those when I make them again!
After everything was cleaned up, we honestly just relaxed. I would have liked to have gone to Christmas Eve service at our church, but I was coughing, clearing my throat every 5 minutes, and blowing my nose every 10. I was a hot mess. My grandparents came back out to our house after church and we had some cookies, and watched a Christmas special.
Then, once everyone had gone home for a second time, we opened some presents!
Christmas Day, my aunt hosted breakfast! She made a sausage and egg quiche, french toast bake, and had some of my grandma's homemade nut roll. We were able to open presents at her house, and enjoy one another! Once we got back to our house, we got some snacks ready for later that evening, and opened the rest of our presents! My grandparents came out again, we ate, we watched Christmas programs, and talked about the day.
For New Year's Eve, we hosted a get together for my grandparents. We had a taco bar set up, and it was a HUGE hit! We watched a little but of Fox's programming, and just relaxed. I went to bed at 10:00 and watched Serendipity. When it was over at 11:40, I turned on Fox, watched the ball drop at midnight, and turned on QVC.
New Year's Day was so relaxing! I woke up around 9:30, had a protein shake for breakfast. Got myself ready and presentable, and watched the Rose Parade in its entirety. I love, love, love the Rose Parade! If I had to see one parade in person, that would be my choice. Lunch was at 2:00 at my aunt and uncle's house. My grandma made 18 pounds of sauerkraut. Think that was enough?! I don't like it, so I had very little. It has lasted for several days, and fed several people, it has definitely not gone to waste. We took a plate to my grandpa, and spent some time with him, and went home and relaxed the rest of the evening.
From my parent's this year I got a bracelet that had tennis shoes, feet, and two 5k charms on it. My parents said that they were proud of my weight loss and this bracelet is telling me to continue on my journey. Plus, for every 5k that I do, I can add another charm! So sweet! They also got me some workout clothes, shoes that I have been wanting for ages, and a Duke sweatshirt. :) They also got me some other professional clothes as well. They also got me a planner that looks just like the Duke University Pep Band shirts. You readers know how much I love my Blue Devils!
My aunt and uncle got me an Isaac Mizrahi watch, David Veneable's cookbook, and a Bronzo Italia bracelet. One special thing that they have always done with my presents is put a different "sender" on my gifts. This year for example, Rudolph, and Sidney Crosby gave me my Snowbabies. ;)
Sidney knows me so well. ;)
All in all, it was a great Christmas and New Year's. I spent it with family, gave and received some great gifts, and ate well!
How did you spend your Christmas and New Year's? I'd love to hear about it! Leave me a comment and let me know!