As I mentioned before, we didn’t travel (for the second year in a row!) for the holidays and although I wish we could have visited my family, it just wasn’t in the cards this year and we tried to make the best of it and to enjoy the last Christmas in our current apartment to the fullest.
On Christmas Eve, we skyped with my family while they were all gathered at my sister’s house for Christmas Eve dinner. It was fun being able to be part of their celebration this way. Then I decorated our tiny Christmas tree, listened to Christmas music and drank copious amounts of coffee and put together a Christmas plate (with After Eight, almond cookies, and other sweet treats).
In the afternoon, we drove over to our new home (to check on mail and stuff – three packages arrived while we were there!) and made a stop at the Capitol, because it’s always so pretty during the holidays with the decorations and the tree in front of it. The sky was also gorgeously blue that day!
When we came home, I set our dinner table and then we cooked ourselves a delicious three-course meal.
We had tomato soup (from scratch), creamy pork chop marsala with mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon bits and savoy cabbage with horseradish-cream sauce. For dessert, we had Dutch apple pie a la mode with whipped cream.
We unwrapped some of the lovely presents we received (look at all the packages!) and then settled in to watch “Home alone”.
On Christmas Day, I stayed in my PJ’s all day and didn’t do a damn thing. I intentionally decided to celebrate Christmas and don’t start with the packing until after Christmas Day. I watched a few movies (“A Fitzgerald Family Christmas”, “Love Actually”, and “Bad Santa”) from the comfort of my warm and cozy bed and didn’t make it past the back stoop.
Last but not least, I want to thank each and every one of you who sent a Christmas card this year. I always love sending and receiving cards for the holidays and I was thrilled to see them on my wall (until I took them down yesterday and took this picture before they got put in a moving box).
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, too and I want to thank you for being, in one way or another, part of mine.