We had a wonderful holiday weekend filled with family, food, and memories that were made.
My favorite day this past weekend would have to be Christmas Eve. My husband worked most of day, so the boys and I slept in and cleaned up from what still remained from hosting our first annual “Friendsmas” the night before at our house.
I spent most of the weekend in my kitchen, but I didn’t mind, I actually enjoyed it having everyone here and my boys home and happy.
Saturday night my husband and I enjoyed a casual date night and enjoyed a relaxing visit to the foot spa together.
Sunday our friends starting arriving at noon for the Cowboys game to kick off our “Friendsmas”. I cooked a turkey, a ham, mashed potatoes, and biscuits. Our guest brought all the sides. We had such a great time at our “Friendmas”. It was nice to start the week of holiday parties with this new tradition. We also got a few friendly games of poker in while the kids played outside. I took 2 of the last 3 big pots! So I was happy! (I never win at gambling). Lol.
On Christmas Eve, I used the left over Ham to make my favorite leftover recipe for ham “Cream Ham on Toast” for lunch that I shared on Monday’s blog. Yummy! Then we had a few of our old neighbors drop in before Christmas Eve mass. Attending mass with my boys was probably the highlight for me.
After mass we came home, my oldest helped me with our Christmas Eve dinner tradition of Crab Legs and Shrimp. I LOVE when he helps me cook. Well I do when he doesn’t use EVERY cooking utensil we own! 😉
After dinner we made cookies for Santa, sprinkled reindeer food out in the lawn, made our list to Santa, said goodbye to Elf on the Shelf (Hallelujah!), and opened our presents to each other. It was by far my favorite day of the weekend. Just the boys and I.
Sunday morning we woke up to Santa’s surprises. The boys got a few hours to play with their new toys. Then it was off to full day visiting family.
I just can’t believe Christmas has already passed. It seems we spend months preparing and when it’s over it’s kind of sad to me. The stress and hustle and bustle can really break your holiday spirit. I saw this happening Christmas Day. I know with trying to get breakfast, Santa done, and the boys packed up for an eventful Christmas Day was overwhelming for me this year. Sometimes when it gets stressful, it can really make it tough to enjoy the real holiday meaning, the presence of family. So I know next year there a few things I’d like to add to our traditions and a few things I think we will cut from our holiday traditions to avoid some of the crazy stress. We live and learn right, it’s hard for moms, trying to make sure everything done and everyone has a wonderful Christmas. I think I may have slept 12 hours in the 4 days. But moms need a Merry Christmas too, and seeing my boys home and happy makes me the merriest. That’s why I think Christmas Eve was my favorite, just the four of us. ❤️
I know what I won’t be doing the week before Christmas next year is eye brow tattoo removal! I wore hats the entire week because I wasn’t fully healed. I missed my favorite Christmas Dresses this year because of it too. I made the best of it though. Given I don’t have allot of hats and I don’t even really like hats! 😉 I’ll share my before and afters this week once I’m healed fully, for those wondering if it really does work.
I hope every one of you a had a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and that you got to enjoy the true meaning of Christmas. Our family still has travel plans and a week full of celebrating ahead for the New Years. We’re excited to see more of our extended family, and possibly some snow!
Merry Christmas Mom Queens!