Merry Monday {2014 Christmas Recap}

12.29.2014

There are no more presents under the tree. The boxes and bows have been put away. And everything with an evergreen tree or Santa on it is up to 75% off. Christmas, for seasonal purposes, has come to a close. But the most beautiful thing about the coming of the Lord, is once He is here, He stays. The Son of God did not come for a day or a long weekend; He came for eternity.
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Christmas seemed sweeter than ever this year. There was no particular reason for this; I think it's just growing up a little more and recognizing how precious this time of year is and being thankful for all that it surrounds. Words could not do justice to how wonderful it was, so brace yourself for more than few pictures...

Every year, for as long as I can remember, the Saturday before Christmas is reserved for the Christmas party at my grandparents. It's a small group consisting of my grandparents, mom, aunts, me and Andrew, and it something I look forward to every single year.


This is always an afternoon filled with good food and much needed family time. It's calm and sweet and a perfect reflection of what Christmas is and should always be.

Christmas Eve is always our "travel" day...we travel to Winston-Salem for lunch and time with my side of the family before traveling back to Charlotte for what always proves to be an exciting evening with Andrew's family. Though to a degree this day can be a whirlwind, I wouldn't change a single thing. Unless of course I could slow time down...that I would definitely do!


Once back in Charlotte, we had just enough time to pick the dogs up from Andrew's parents and to change into our "tacky" attire for the evening. I realize most find the idea of tacky Christmas sweaters appealing; I am not one of those people...it's too much effort, which is why we purchased these little numbers.

However, as you can see, there were some seriously awesome tacky people roaming through the house on Christmas Eve!


With over 20 people, the evening was loud, chaotic, and overall, pretty spectacular. There was delicious food (thanks to Aunt Gloria), a hilarious game of Dirty Santa and photobooth fun! 


And we obviously had to keep tabs on Santa! It seemed like every time I checked, he was in a country I could either not pronounce or had never heard of. A world geography refresher should probably be a resolution of mine.


Once we returned to our quiet home for the night, we each opened one present and watched this classic!


Christmas day was sweetly spent together. We opened presents in the morning and simply enjoyed each others company. More food was eaten, movies were watched, naps were taken and the most wonderful day of the year was enjoyed.


I was certainly spoiled this Christmas, but this was probably one of my favorite presents.

1989 on vinyl!
I hope you each had a wonderful Christmas! Regardless of the things that weren't perfect, I hope you found peace in the imperfection.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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Ashley Robyn said...

YAY for an amazing Christmas with people you love! I hope it was the best one yet! Excited to see what 2015 has in store for you!

 
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