Christmas Eve

We spent the night at friends of our family's house for Christmas Eve. The mom is a great cook – whenever we're invited over we know the food will be delicious. She made a traditional French Canadian meal with tourtiere (meat pie), ragout de boulettes (meatball stew), along with mashed sweet potatoes, salad, and roasted veggies. As usual everything tasted amazing.

I used to babysit their three kids back when I was a teen. It was great to see all of them at one time and reminisce memories we had growing up. There's one game of Monopoly that involved cheating that always get brought up because everyone was in on it except for one sibling. You know it was a big deal when everyone remembers it 10 years after the fact.

After dinner we played a couple games including yahtzee with giant foam dice and a card game. We're definitely a competitive bunch.

We had dessert after the games, which included panettone (Italian sweet bread), maple cheesecake, butter tarts, and homemade cookies. There was so much good stuff to choose from. Needless to say, we left stuffed and were even given a bunch of leftovers to bring home with us.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day was spent with my dad and brother. It was pretty low key which I think we all enjoyed. We all slept in so we didn't open gifts until 11. We all made out pretty well.

I love to see people's reactions to open the gifts that I got them, so I was really happy with both my dad and brother liked the gifts that I picked out for them.

I got my brother the complete collection of Calvin and Hobbes comics and for my dad I gave him some money to spend at a couple of his favorite restaurants. I got a bunch of candy (I have a huge sweet tooth) and classes at my favorite yoga studio.

Once we'd finished opening presents I made french toast with whipped cream for breakfast. It turned out delicious if I do say so myself. We spent the rest of the day hanging out around the house and relaxing. It was a great way to spend Christmas.

If you celebrate Christmas I hope you were able to spend time with your favorite people and create some good memories with them.

What was the highlight of your Christmas?

Christmas 2018 Recap

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