A Pretty Special Christmas

Well, we last left off on Christmas Eve, so let’s go ahead and get to Christmas day!

Knowing we had a long day ahead plus the fact that I tend to drag my rear end a bit in the mornings, my alarm went off bright and early at 6am, and within a couple of hours, we were at my in-laws’ house.


Since we had a full breakfast waiting for us at our next stop, we kept things light with some coffee, tea, and homemade pumpkin bread (my mother in-law makes the BEST pumpkin bread).


Jay, myself, and his parents took our time hanging out, watching A Christmas Story, and opening up a few gifts. We also had some lotto tickets in our stocking, which turned out to be not half bad.


Between Jay and I, we raked in $53.00 plus a free Take 5 ticket. We decided that the extra cash will work perfectly towards our anniversary dinner next week. Smile

A couple of hours later, we were back on the road and made our way over to my parents’ house (thank goodness we all live within about 15-20 minutes of each other). By the time we got there, the living room was filled with presents!


It was actually pretty funny to see, since there were presents that literally lined the entire living room, thanks to the village taking up all of the space under the tree. My parents have always loved Christmas and have admitted that they like to go overboard a bit. Winking smile

Before getting to any gifts though, it was time for our favorite Christmas breakfast (minus the mimosas for meeeee).


Mmmmm, I just love this meal so much, and it couldn’t have come any sooner. I literally had one of the worst nights on nausea leading in to Christmas day and had felt off all morning before eating a full meal.


I still didn’t wind up feeling 100% on Christmas, but hey, it comes with the territory and I am certainly okay with that.

Once we all finished up with the food, it was time to open some gifts, and I must say that I think everyone made out pretty well this year! Some of my favorites…

Sephora fragrance sampler (have gotten this three years in a row and LOVE it)


Wolferman’s Gourmet English Muffins (aka, my favorite English muffins to hoard).


A few new clothing items. Open-mouthed smile


A food processor (FINALLY!) and a new crockpot (I wanted a smaller one too, since the one I currently have is enormous).


And quite possibly our favorite gift…a Keurig.


Jay and I went back and forth on whether or not we wanted one of these for a couple of years now. We love the idea and the convenience of them, but we always thought they were sort of wasteful with all the extra K-cups. Well, now that we aren’t drinking the same coffee anymore and leaving the house at the same time in the mornings, it was becoming rather difficult. But now, no more problems and I am SUPER excited.

After we finished opening our gifts, we all just sort of hung out for a few hours before deciding to play a new game that my brother got. Have you guys ever heard of this Bohnanza game?


I had never heard of it, and I thought it was going to be ridiculously tough to figure out, but once we got going with it, it was actually really fun! Unfortunately, we didn’t get to play a full game so we’ll need to play again, but now I want to go find one for myself.


It became pretty funny to listen to the whole table trying to make trades on their different beans. Winking smile

But we did have to cut the game short…and that’s because it was dinner tiiiiiime.


Words just cannot express how much I adore my mom’s lasagna with homemade sauce and meatballs. It is just the bees knees, if you ask me. And the best part? She made an entire extra pan for Jay and I to keep(!!!)…now I just need to find some room in my freezer to put it. Oooof.

Around 5:30pm, we left my parents house to head up to Saratoga to meet up with the rest of Jay’s family like we usually do. I’m pretty sure I’ve said it before, but Jay’s family is large. VERY large. And I believe last night may have been a record for the most people ever there at one Christmas…word on the street was that we had over 70 people. A little crazy compared to my tiny family of 6.

But I love having the two extremes; a cozy, intimate holiday is always nice, but it’s also fun to spend time around lots and lots of family too…especially when some of them are your best of friends. I think we finally got home around 9:30pm or so last night, and it didn’t take long for the two of us to crash in bed after such a long day.

It was another wonderful Christmas, and a pretty special one at that…seeing as though it’s the last one where it’s just me, Jay, and the Codester. Next year, we’ll have our little bundle of joy joining in on the party…and I can’t wait. Smile


  1. says

    Merry Christmas! What a fantastic day you all had! That pumpkin bread looks super yummy and I kinda want to jump in and eat that roll you had at dinner. Hah.

    We had a great one too–we spent it with my husband’s family–super fun!
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  2. says

    My family got the new edition of Keurig, too! We love Keurig and have had one for a while now, but we are so glad we got the new one! If you haven’t already, I recommend trying the Chocolate Covered Donut- flavored K-Kup. So yummy!
    Oh, and I am so glad you had a great holiday! Merry Christmas!
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  3. says

    It looks like you had several wonderful Christmas celebrations!

    I love the smaller crock pot, especially the design. I need a smaller one too because I never fill it and have to watch it to make sure it does not burn my smaller portions.
    As for a Keurig, I would be lost without mine! You can always get a refillable K cup to cut down on the waste.
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  4. says

    It looks like you had an absolutely fabulous Christmas and some delicious food!!

    I was the “big winner” in my family with the Lottery scratch off tickets….$14.00. Doesn’t seem like much, but considering I normally end up with nothing or a couple bucks I will SO take it!! Being $53.00 richer for you and your hubby sounds awfully nice. I am sure you have a special someone to spend it on, too! 😉
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  5. Barbara says

    I’m exhausted just reading about your busy holiday (and I’m not pregnant, so I can only imagine how you felt at the end of the day!)… I love Wolferman’s muffins and can totally relate to your hoarding… enjoy, with a nice K-cup!

  6. says

    Ohhhh, yum! I’m so excited for you to fall in love with the Keurig. I’m completely obsessed with mine and don’t know what I did before it. Also, if you still want your ground coffee (some flavors are too good to give up) there’s a little piece you can buy for the Keurig that allows you to use your ground coffee too!

  7. Janeen says

    My husband gave me a Keurig for my birthday, and since I drink a lot of coffee, thought it would be wasteful to make cup after cup. I’m glad to report I was very wrong. The k-cup coffee is so much richer and more flavorful, less is more. I often brew the largest size cup (especially with Starbucks or another darker roast) and divide it between 2 cups and fill the rest of the way with water, milk, creamer, etc. We also got the My K-cup, which is a tiny filter you can fill with your own coffee and reuse over and over. I love my Keurig!

  8. Sabine says

    What wonderful presents :) !
    Next year there will be another, little one to celebrate with you, isn’t that an exciting thought?

    I never heard of Bohnanza, but understood the word game immediately and looked the game up to be sure.
    “Bohnanza” is a mix of the english word “bonanza” and the german word “Bohne” (which means “bean”).
    Now I am interested in this game, too :) .

  9. Lisa says

    My mom loves her Keurig. She actually just got a new one a month ago. I love how the new crock pot matches your reusable bag :). Amazing print. And 70 people for Christmas? I thought my family was big. We can have up to 30 people. It’s crazy, loud, and did I mention crazy? Enjoy your new Christmas gifts.

  10. Melanie says

    Get the Eko Brew reusable k-cup! You can use any ground coffee.. fill it and pop it in. Makes it much cheaper than the throw a way kcups! I got mine on Amazon

  11. says

    I got a k-cup coffee maker for Christmas! I can’t wait to start using it! I agree that many people think it’s a waste… but when you think about it, you end up saving a lot of money. I think I spend $2-$3 on a cup of coffee from Dunkin Donuts, but it’s so much cheaper with a Keurig. Plus, if you get the reusable k-cup, it’s even CHEAPER. A regular coffee machine isn’t an option for me because… I just can’t make it myself haha. For some reason, I’m just terrible at it!
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