2014 Holiday Wrap-Up

Can you believe that Christmas has come and gone... and we are about to ring in the new year?!  I say it constantly, but time is really flying by.

Like Christmas pasts, our holiday season was filled with heartwarming moments and cherished family traditions.  The magic and excitement of the season really fills the hearts of my 6 and 10 year old boys.  They wake up excited to see what each new day will bring.  Children truly have a way of making the holidays (and each day in general) more cheerful, magical, and bright!

This is a "non-gingerbread" gingerbread house that the boys put together.  My oldest finished up the decorating while his little brother escaped went to a cub scout event.  This was surprisingly difficult to assemble as it didn't come with instructions!  The boys also put a small (real) gingerbread village together.

We also baked and decorated lots of sugar cookies together...

Sorry for the grainy cell phone photo... This was pure unedited excitement for rolling cookie dough.

This year, we set up the Christmas tree in our unfurnished living room.  We filled the room with US!  We found ourselves setting up family game night in there...  To see more of our holiday decor, click herehere, and here.

Our Family Christmas Celebration

Each year, my husband and I host an annual overnight Christmas celebration for our immediate families.  We started this tradition soon after we were married thirteen years ago.

We begin the festivities by attending Christmas Eve service (the children's mass).  The kids, along with my parents and aunt, visited the nativity scene that was set-up right outside the church.  It was beautiful.

Our potluck dinner soon follows back at our home.  We got the kids to stop running amok for a brief second so we could snap their obligatory group photo.  My little one (in the Santa hat) had already done a wardrobe change since he spilled a drink on his dress shirt - before dinner! :)

Here are my sisters and I, with our spouses, at dinner.  Always a blast with my peeps!

After dinner, we all got in our pajamas and (they) sang the night away.  My sisters (especially) and the kids battled on the karaoke machine. :)  It was a fun-filled night of laughter and bonding with the family.  Christmas day was much the same.  We woke up bright and early on Christmas morning to see what Santa brought the kids.  He did not disappoint...  The kids enjoyed playing together all day long, while we watched movies and ate...and ate...and ate!

This is Blazer, my parents' beloved (old) dog, soaking it all in...

The kids playing games together on Christmas day...

The lights, the decorations, the sweet treats are all festive and wonderful.  But it is the quality time spent together that makes the holiday season so memorable!  I hope that you were also able to experience the warmth, love, and presence of family and friends this holiday season.

Be safe out there ringing in the new year.  WISHING YOU THE HAPPIEST NEW YEAR!!!

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