Dec 30, 2013

Christmas Day Rewind


I'm sure everyone can agree, Christmas went by far too quickly this year. I don't know about you guys, but between my parents visiting the beginning of December and having a jam packed party-filled 6 days leading up to Christmas, I feel like D and I need a vacation after our holiday. Restful and relaxing it was not...memory filled, though? To the brim! This was our very last Christmas abroad in Germany...sad but true. While we're so looking forward to getting back to celebrating holidays with our close family and friends, we're both really going to miss these quiet Christmas mornings, just the two of us opening gifts and being silly. Being away from family and all the Christmas traditions we hold dear has been hard these last few years, but D and I have also learned to adapt and create fun traditions for our 'someday family' to share. Now, I'm not saying ditch your grandma and hole up alone for Christmas, but if you've never experienced a Christmas just you and your spouse, maybe give it a go one year? It's amazing how not alone you can feel on Christmas when you spend it with your best friend and partner in crime! This Christmas was no exception.

On Christmas Day, D and I slept in, pilfered through the stockings (and winter beers) Santa so thoughtfully left under our tree, made our favorite Christmas Day monkey bread and sausage breakfast (with a side of yummy peppermint mochas), opened gifts from Santa and each other (yes, Santa still visits our house!) with Christmas Vacation blaring in the background, cooked my famous mac & cheese and carried holiday treat bags over to a friends house for a Christmas Day Pajama Party, and we spent the evening playing White Elephant gift exchange, Christmas carol Win, Lose, or Draw, and sharing stories of Christmases past with our adoptive family here in Germany. D even scored a brand spanking new laptop he had NO CLUE Santa was getting him. The joy on his face was worth every hassle of Christmas. Even though it's mostly a blur, our last Christmas abroad was a pretty special one. Tell me, how was your Christmas?




16 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a great day! x

    http://lornaswishingwell.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. It looks like it was a really wonderful one! Your tree is BEAUTIFUL!

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  3. Haha I definitely laughed when I saw the beer under the tree - that's awesome! Also, the best gifts are the ones they have no idea they're getting! That happened one year when I got Josh and X-Box 360 - the look on his face was priceless!

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  4. How fun! What a great holiday. I love your display of beer by the tree. Best present! :)

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  5. My husband and I just celebrated our first Christmas as a duo, since we're currently stationed in Hawaii and all of our family is back on the mainland. I cannot agree with you more about celebrating with your spouse; we missed our families terribly, but it was hands down the most relaxing Christmas I've ever had. We also received beer from Santa and had Christmas Vacation blaring at multiple times during the day. I'm glad you and your hubs had a fantastic holiday =)

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  6. what a beautiful tree! Happy new year! :D

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  7. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! On a side note, Burberry Brit is my FAVORITE. Good choice! :-)

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  8. Looks like you guys had an amazing Christmas! Happy New Year!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    http://acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  9. These pictures are so, so CUTE! We make monkey bread on Christmas every year, too. I actually ate leftovers for breakfast this morning. :) Also, love the placement of the stockings under the TV fireplace! Haha. I hope y'all had a wonderful last Christmas in Germany!

    <3 Kelsey
    Chaos Parade

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  10. Yes Christmas Day went by far too fast, your photos show a lot of happiness and I know I loved all the fantastic posts you did in the lead up to Christmas Day

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  11. Sounds and looks really wonderful! :)

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  12. Would you mind sharing the recipe for your Mac&Cheese or is it a secret ;) ? Happy new year!

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  13. What a lovely recap of Christmas - and I agree, it went by far too quickly!

    Happy New Year to you and your family! xXx

    Molly

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  14. Hey! New follower via twitter - your blog is great, I'm loving all your travels! I wish I could make all those stops, I have to admit I'm kind of envious but I will live vicariously! :D Glad you all shared a wonderful Christmas and I couldn't agree more that a quiet, peaceful Christmas with your partner-in-crime (I have mine too and it is a blessing) is one of the greatest ways to spend the Holiday. Have a great one Casey! -Iva

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