Christmas in Our Home

Christmas in Our Home


This Christmas ended up in a completely different place than it started. We were supposed to head to a resort out in Virginia to spend Christmas with my family, but then life happened. So instead, the three of us enjoyed our first Christmas alone as a family. And I think we were all okay with that.

Mr. A and I didn't really get much for each other, but the gifts that we did get, came straight from the heart. As I watched my facebook newsfeed fill up with "Yay, hubby got me new diamonds." and "Loving my new tablet," I realized that we were both past that. Sure a nice gift or two here and there is fun, but at the end of the day, gifts just for the sake of gifts, with no real thought given are empty.

Jasmine got her first doll for Christmas. Mr. A and I have tried not to expose Jasmine to dolls, but we were fighting a losing battle. So instead, we came to the agreement that she only has one. Surprisingly, we've taken quite a bit of heat for our decision, but at the end of the day, every parent tries to do the best for their child. We're just choosing a different style. She seems quite happy with her new pal, and I absolutely love the story attached to the doll (expect more on that later) so I'd say it's a win-win for all involved.

Then there was the food. This was another first for us as a family. Our first family feast. We started with breakfast. French Toast, potatoes, ham, sausage, and egg nog with a little dash of something special. Then we moved on to dinner, Cranberry and rosemary cornish hens, mac and cheese, stuffing, sweet potato souffle, veggies and a few other sides.


Basically, our day was spent in our jammies, stuffing our faces, napping, watching movies, listening to music, dancing and reminiscing about the "old days."  We played dressed up and tea party with Jasmine, who loved the fact that we were focused solely on her. Somehow, she managed to go through three outfit changes throughout the day. Apparently, even when she's in PJ's, my daughter is a diva.



In true nerd fashion, Mr. A and I ended the night by curling up together on the couch and watching the Dr. Who Christmas special. I spent the whole episode sobbing --if you're a Dr. Who fan, you know why. Mr. A held my hand and patted my back. That's how I know I have a good one ladies. If you can console a sobbing woman who is crying over the death of a fictitious character, you are a true gentleman.



So maybe our Christmas wasn't the Stepford Wife-esque Christmas. Maybe Jasmine wasn't dressed in a perfect Christmas dress. Maybe we didn't attend an overcrowded Christmas party with bad booze bad fruitcake (isn't that a bit redundant?) Instead, I'd say what we had was the perfect imperfectly day. The type of day that is perfect without even trying. There was no pressure. No expectations. Just the three of us. That is so much more than others have. And we cherished every minute.

How was your Christmas? Do you spend the holidays with extended family, or do you prefer to spend time alone with your family?

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  1. Hey, who wants a Stepford wife Christmas anyway? Sure sound boring to me! :) Although, I am looking forward to when we get home to finally have a little Christmas with just Angel and I. I think it's so fun to really get the 'perfect' gift, not that it's expensive, but that it meets a need or recalls a shared memory or inside joke; those are really fun!

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    1. My favorite gift from Mr. A this year was a Tardis card holder. The sweetness was twofold. First it implied that he believed I would soon be employeed and secondly it satiated my love for Dr. Who. Definitely recalls a shared memory and inside joke. Like you said, those are the best kind of gifts!

      Maybe y'all could have a romantic New Years Eve celebration?? Groupon and Livingsocial ususally have some pretty sweet hotel/ bed and breakfast packages for less than $100.

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  2. We've made it a point since having baby girl #2 to stay home and have our Christmas as a family. And we never get out of our pj's!

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    1. That is truly the best was to celebrate the holidays! I think we've spoiled ourselves :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Are you sure you weren't at my house for Christmas? We had the exact same holiday experience. We do this every year though, LOL!!! We spend the whole day in our PJs, we eat something very low key and effortless (this year we had chili) and we relax as a family. My husband and I do not go overboard for each other with gifts for Christmas either. We are WAY past that. After being together so long I could care less about getting tons of stuff. We love on each other all year long. While diamonds are nice my husband is actually my best friend. The holiday season is my favorite time of year and I always feel so blessed to be able to spend it with my three favorites.

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    1. Wow, apparently I missed the memo that this is how Christmas should be celebrated? lol I think we're going to make more of a point to have some alone time for the holidays every once and a while. All this traveling and trying to buy a gazillion gifts is tiring and way too expensive.

      It's sweet that you refer to your hubby as your best friend. That's exactly how I feel about Mr. A. That's how it should be for everyone. Unfortunately...

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  4. this is is SO my kind of Christmas!! I really just want to be in my PJs everyday all day. Your pictures are awesome, I just love the collages and all the food was making a sista hungry!! Glad you had a great holiday. xo and Hppy New Year if we don't chat.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Nellie. And yes Christmas was awesome this year. No crazy parties to attend. No staying up until 4:00 a.m. the day before, cooking, and then waking up at 6:00 a.m. to resume cooking. No stuffy and too tight dresses. No chasing frantically after Jasmine in fear that she will destroy something valuable. Best. Christmas. Ever. I promise, once you try it, you will never go back.

      Thanks for stopping by Nellie, and a Happy New Year to your and your beautiful family!

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  5. Aw, everything looks great!
    And I really need to get back into Dr. Who. I am so behind!

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    1. I didn't know you were a Whovian. It's always exciting when I meet another female blogger who is into Dr. Who because apparently we are a rarity. I'll be sure not to drop any hints about what's been going on. "spoilers" ;)

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  6. Sounds like a perfect day :-) lovely pictures. Happy New year ...

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    1. It was the perfect day. Thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family as well!

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  7. I do like quiet time with family! Our Christmas was definitely like that this year! :) Even though we had planned to spend it skiing and had a change of plans when our youngest fractured his wrist on the first day, it was still really nice!

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    1. I think we've spoiled ourselves. It's going to be hard to spend Christmas any place other than the in the comfort of our home in our PJ's. All that traveling and attempting to be "the perfect mommy" is exhausting. This was a much needed break.

      Speaking of breaks, sorry to hear about the little one. Hopefully he recovers quickly. I wish you all a very Happy and blessed New Year!

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  8. I actually waited to watch Doctor Who until the other night - needless to say I did cry my eyes out! My mother got me a Doctor Who hand soap and friend got me Doctor Whooves. Big fan myself.
    We stayed home this year and had our family come to us! That was perfect. Although, I did dress up a little - I didn't have to leave the house!
    Happy new year!

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