We had a great Christmas with our families to close out the CRAZIEST holiday season on personal record. I swear there was one week that we had an event every. single. night. And I'm talking 7 day week, not 5 day. I literally had to mirror talk myself into remembering that it was a BLESSING to have so many wonderful friends and things in our lives to celebrate, because between the hangovers and hairwashings, on the daily, I was NOT digging it. I think the chaos of work was adding to my stress level, and I could not have been happier when we loaded up and went to my parents' house for Christmas Eve. My mom always makes breakfast for dinner: sausage and biscuits with gravy and steamed cinnamon apples. Sounds super tranquil and easy, but it usually ends up with a lot of burnt/cold food (yes, burnt and cold is possible at the same time) post mother-meltdown because my brother and I refuse to participate in the cooking and usually come up with some way to actually inhibit her progress. LUCKILY (you're welcome, entire family) I married a man of many talents, and Marc loves to cook. He walked right in, threw on an apron, and we all had the best meal we've ever had. Bonus: I got to drink champagne and play with Press the whole time. I think I might have walked around the table at one point, pretending to pour/straighten/clean something...
On Christmas we have both sets of parents and my brother to our house to open gifts and have Christmas brunch. Tenderloin sandwiches (again, a la Marc, they were FABULOUS), shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce, and cheesy hashbrown casserole. Oh, and a salad. Spinach, mandarin oranges, red onion, and capers. It is seriously yummy and balances out all of the carbs so there is plenty of room to unbalance with these Christmas M&M Chocolate Chip cookies.
We opened gifts, Marc watched his favorite Christmas movie, Die Hard (do not EVEN GET ME STARTED) and everyone just snuggled around the entire day. Heaven.