The Recap

Posted: December 26, 2010 at 11:51 am

Morning! How is everyone doing today? I hope that you all had a wonderful day yesterday, no matter what that entailed. We have had quite our fair share of fun over the last two days. The traditions that fill Christmas Eve and Christmas Day entail some of my favorite activities of the year. Since I expect a lot of these style posts will appear around the blogs, I will try to keep mine as to the point as possible. And if you just skim pictures, I don't blame you. 😉

Christmas Eve

We spent a good part of the morning running a few last minute errands, like stopping by the bank and visiting the store.

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Then, we came home to straighten up a bit and make my special fudge. Of course I had to make my fudge for my family. Although, it sadly didn’t come out perfect this time. Still delicious, though!

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I took a short nap in the afternoon, before my family arrived. Then, we all headed to church for the children’s service. It will never compare to the traditional candlelight services I love, but it’s something special to watch Makenzie’s excitement and see her friends.

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Once church finished, we headed home for dinner – my Crockpot White Chicken & Bean Chili. A bowl full of comfort.


The remainder of the night we nibbled fudge, watched a movie, talked, had Makenzie open up her special Christmas PJs gift, and went outside to look at the “special star” and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.


Christmas Day

Christmas Day is one mad rush from family to family. We begin the morning at our house with my immediate family. This year, Makenzie came down super excited to listen to Christmas music and see her presents from Santa.


Yet somehow, she missed the kitchen set and tricycle right in front of her face. Once she realized they were hers to enjoy, she was quite thrilled.


And we were thrilled to only have to spend $30 total on those two gifts. Thank you consignment sales (kitchen) and people leaving things behind brand new and in the box for months at the apartments my parents manage (the tricycle).

Present opening among the family ensued.

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Then, breakfast, showering straightening up, and heading out the door to my G-Pa’s house followed. We only get to visit with my dad’s whole side of the family twice a year, so it was great seeing everyone.

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We had a late lunch / early dinner there. I love this meal. It’s almost like Thanksgiving all over again.

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I devoured green bean casserole, cornbread, collard greens, tomato, 2 deviled eggs, half a twice baked potato, and some ham. I wish I had leftovers.

We end the night with Peter’s family. It’s kind of crazy with all of the kids running around, but the palpable joy in the air makes it all that much more fun.

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Plus, the endless desserts count for something, right? I had dessert for dinner. When you eat lunch at 3, you save your dinner room for dessert. It works.


Normally, the excitement ends here and we head home to unload the car and hop in bed. Last night, though. We ended with a White Christmas. Georgia got snow!!!!!

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And that, my friends, made for one wonderful Christmas celebration.

  • What’s one of your favorite family traditions this time of year?
  • What was one food you savored this weekend?


50 Comments to “The Recap”
  1. That is so exciting that you got snow! I’m sure the kids loved it! 🙂

    What a wonderful Christmas! 🙂

  2. Camille says:

    What a wonderful Christmas! My favorite photo is the one of Makenzie and the other girl at church. Too cute!

  3. Epic all looks amazing!

    what a great day you had…i still have my eye on the candy cane fudge 🙂

  4. Lee says:

    The White Christmas was nice, wasn’t it?

  5. Lauren says:

    Her elmo slippers are so cute!

  6. Looks like a wonderful holiday! So glad you had a good time.

  7. Melodie says:

    Looks like you had an amazing Christmas!! I just love little M’s jammies and elmo slippers!!! Wish my boys were that little again!!

    As for me, I am so ready to get back to normal! Christmas is one of my least favorite holidays :/ I am determined to have a better focus for my boys next year this time of year. I tried this year, but time got away from us.

  8. Merry Christmas Tina! Don’t worry, your trifecta of beverages awaits you soon! Love the snow photos!

  9. We had fondue on Christmas Eve and it was to.die.for. Yum!

  10. Tatianna says:

    Oh my goodness.. those Elmo slippers are the cutest things in the world. What an adorable little girl you have!

  11. We had tons of snow on Christmas as well. It was so nice and pretty last night but this morning is more of a slushy mess.

    Last night I had a cashew crusted tilapia in rum butter sauce that was to die for….

  12. lindsay says:

    what a beautiful white christmas! M is just too cute. I make my great grandma’s deviled eggs ever year and I use her secret recipe. We have about 40 people (relatives) over on christmas eve and its a blast! Kids make it so much better. Merry Christmas!

  13. What a wonderful recap. These images are so sweet and bring up nostalgic memories for me. Oh how great these times are and how much we have to be thankful for!

  14. Looks like a wonderful day- I love how excited Makenzie looks in these photos!! Christmas is so much more fun around children. Hope you’re enjoying a wonderful day today as well!

  15. Heather says:

    How fun that you got snow!! What a great way to end the day. Merry Christmas!

  16. Lisa says:

    Looks like such a wonderful day! Mackenzie is so adorable, I just cannot get over how cute she is! Merry Christmas!

  17. Yay snow!!! And yay dessert plate! 😉

  18. Jess says:

    What an awesome Christmas celebration! I LOVE all the pics of M, esp in her Elmo slippers, what a cutie!!

  19. chelsey says:

    I love that picture of the fam with the snow falling. So gorgeous!

    • Tina says:

      It’s going to be a special one. I need to frame it. Then again, I need to switch out a TON of pictures in our frames. The ones we have up are all so old!

  20. Melie says:

    Merry Christmas! They look like the happiest, cutest photos ever! And is it possible that M gets more adorable by the day?? 🙂

  21. Kelly says:

    All of the pictures of M are pricless…she gets cuter and cuter in every picture. I didn’t think that was possible but she does!! haha! And the snow…yay!

  22. Katie says:

    Glad you had a great holiday. Children really make Christmas special. I really enjoyed making Christmas cookies with my sisters and everyone coming over to my parents on Christmas Eve.

  23. loved seeing your christmas day pics with the fam!!!!

    i was all about the green bean casserole this year .. so so good!

  24. Merry Christmas!!!! OMG…Makenzie is so adorable, she is SUCH a little mini me! Looks JUST like you. Love her Elmo slippers. my nephew would of loved those, he adored Elmo 😉

  25. Mandy says:

    Oh! I saw on the news that you guys got snow!! So glad you had a wonderful Christmas!

    We had a good day too… lots of treats and time with family 🙂

  26. Lori Lynn says:

    Looks like a really nice day and lots of good food! My family always drives around looking at Christmas lights. This year we saw some that had radio stations you could listen to with synchronized lights and music. 🙂

  27. What a lovely Christmas it looks like you and your family had!

    Love the pic of everyone in their pj’s!

    I savored some peanut butter filled, chocolate dipped Ritz crackers over the holiday. And some other yummy food my mom made us!

  28. Ela says:

    Snow in Georgia – wow!

    Love the pic of M with her little friend in church – too adorable. And those slippers of hers too…

    Happy holidays to you and glad you have so much family to enjoy it with close by.

  29. Dorry says:

    What a successful Christmas weekend! M looks so adorable in her jammies & Elmo slippers and her hair is such a beautiful color. Next year, she’ll be a big sister at Christmas – pretty exciting! Love the family pic in the snow – you look beautiful in your winter white coat.

  30. I like going to look at Christmas lights. This year Chris and I went on a run while looking at the lights.

    I enjoyed a lot of really delicious food this holiday!

  31. Such a sweet rundown! We do Christmas Eve with my side of the family (the Italian side), sleep at my parents, do gifts with them and my sisters Christmas morning and then head to my in-laws for the rest of the day. It’s exhausting but wonderful!!

  32. Becca says:

    Looks like a fun Christmas! =D

    I love getting to spend time with family. We were 42 of us today (that included a boyfriend and a mother-in-law), and that hasn’t happened in… I don’t know how long. We are rarely able to be together at the same time, because of in-laws and work and stuff, so this year was extra-special. I love that my grandma gets each of her great-grandchildren a special gift (this year water bottles with their names on them!).
    Christmas Eve, we eat “ham balls” (pork + beef + ham ground into one) and potatoes, and then my sister and I sleep in the living room. This year might’ve been the last year of that, but… it was fun while it lasted.

    Fuuuuuuudge… My uncle makes really good fudge. But I also loved this cake that our exchange student made for after Christmas lunch. I think it had caramelized almonds on top? YUM! And pudding in the middle. Sooooo yummy. We may have to try making it again sometime, and maybe next year… 🙂

    • Tina says:

      I’m glad you got some of your uncle’s white chocolate fudge you have been looking forward to. 🙂

      Everything sounds like such a special and wonderful time.

  33. Looks like a fantastic Christmas!! I cant wait until we have kids around to bring back all that excitement. My mom cant either, she mentioned it a few times last night. 🙂

  34. Priyanka says:

    Looks like an amazing Christmas with snow!

  35. how sad is it that i read this entire awesome recap and all i can think about is the deviled eggs? 🙂

  36. jassy says:

    merry christmas! 🙂

  37. Jen says:

    Looks like you had an amazing Christmas!!!


  38. Love the photos! Looks like you had the most wonderful of Christmases! Merry Christmas, Tina! (Virginia got a White Christmas too! Very special indeed!)

  39. M is soooo cute!! And I love that picture at church with her little friend reaching out her arm!!

    Glad you had a nice Christmas Tina!

  40. Holly says:

    That looks like the perfect Christmas, Tina! I’m so glad you had a wonderful one – your family seems incredible, and next year you’ll have one to add to the mix. 😉

  41. Jolene says:

    Looks like an awesome time!! You look great and you have a beautiful family!!

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