Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas! Okay, I realize I’m like a week overdue, but better late than never? Sure. Plus, I really wanted to get this post up since every year I somehow manage to forget what I did the previous year for Christmas, so I figured this way I could have written proof of what I did for Christmas 2014!

Because we just moved to San Diego only about 2 months ago, it didn’t make sense financially for Ed and I to head back to the east coast this year, especially since tickets are crazy expensive this time of the year. Even though this was our first official Christmas away from our families, we still wanted to keep a lot of the same traditions so the holidays still felt as special as they typically do.

Tradition #1 that we always like to do is to bake cookies for Ed Santa to eat when he comes to drop off our presents on Christmas Eve! For the past 3 years, I’ve been making these sugar cookies from PB Fingers on Christmas Eve and they are SO amazingly fluffy and delicious. Santa enjoyed his cookies along with a glass of milk and a letter from Ed, Corrina, and me!
Sugar Cookies for SantaAs expected, I woke up super early on Christmas morning because I was too excited to sleep in! After some convincing, I managed to get Ed and Corrina to wake up to open presents with me (after a cup of coffee, of course). Earlier in the week, I got one of my Christmas presents from Ed which was a new iPhone 6 (he had to give it to me early since they needed to turn off service to my old phone to activate the new one)! Because I had already gotten that awesome gift, I didn’t expect too much come Christmas morning, but Ed and Corrina still managed to spoil me as always!
Tree with presents
Corrina is officially the best present opener ever and loved all of her new toys!
Corrina opening gifts
I got Ed a new hard drive and drive tray for his computer in addition to a new pair of pants, headphones, and a beer of the month club subscription! He got me lots of things that I’ve wanted for such a long time including a rice cooker, cast iron pan, Barry’s Bootcamp classes, L’Occitane shower oil, and Lush bath bombs.
Christmas 2014 giftsI’ve already used the rice cooker for meal prep this week and am in LOVE! So much easier and quicker than having to cook the rice myself on the stove.

After we opened gifts, we spent much of the day like this:
Relaxing on ChristmasRelaxing with wine, popcorn, and Christmas movies aka our favorite way to spend the day!

Of course, Christmas isn’t Christmas without a delicious dinner, so we made pernil (roasted pork shoulder), cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, and crescent rolls.
Christmas 2014 dinnerWe pretty much ate ourselves into a coma before calling it a night and heading to bed! It was a great day and I’m grateful that we were able to make it so fun even though we were so far away from our families.

Christmas continued for the next couple of days for us because we got packages from our families on Friday and Saturday with gifts from back home!
Gifts from back homeMy family went with a Delaware/Philadelphia theme for our gifts and I couldn’t have loved it more! It was so nice and comforting to open up stuff that reminded me of back home especially during a time when I really wish I could have been there. They sent us everything from Delaware t-shirts, mugs, shot glasses, and a cutting board to Tastykake’s, scrapple, and Dunkin Donuts coffee (which is super hard to find in San Diego since there is only 1 and it’s downtown).
Delaware & Philadelphia themed giftsOn Saturday, we received a package from Ed’s mom which contained LOTS of Christmas sweets and goodies and some clothes for the both of us. It was so thoughtful especially considering that she had already sent us a Christmas card earlier in the week with gift cards to Starbucks and a restaurant.
Gifts from Ed's mom
Even though we couldn’t be with our families this year, getting gifts from back home made us both feel so happy and loved! Now, we’re off to celebrate New Year’s Eve before the holiday season is officially over! I’m already getting a bad case of the post-holiday blues :(.

What’s your favorite Christmas tradition? Growing up, we used to always listen to a country Christmas CD, so I always love listening to those songs this time of the year!
Any fun plans for NYE? Not sure yet, but finding fireworks is definitely on the agenda!
#1 thing that reminds you of home?

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5 Responses to Christmas 2014

  1. Kristin says:

    Happy New Year’s Eve!! May your new year be filled with love, peace, health, and happiness!! Beautiful Christmas pictures by the way!! XOXO

  2. Patricia says:

    Sounds like you guys still had a great Christmas. :) This year was my first time being away from home too. Also – THERE’S A DUNKIN IN SAN DIEGO? I’m jealous. :p

    Have a safe and Happy New Year! :)

  3. Happy New Year!!! SD is such a beautiful place…and a little nicer than the east coast this time of year. :)

  4. Mama Ames says:

    I received an iphone 6 for Christmas too! Love it. We go to the Japanese Steakhouse on Christmas day. That is our tradition. Happy New Year!

  5. Shawna says:

    awww that’s so thoughtful of your families to send such nice gifts. i haven’t actually taken any BBC classes but i’ve walked around one of their studios in NYC and it seems pretty intense and worth trying, if i can convince myself to start paying for classes again! my fave Christmas tradition is prob spending Christmas Eve w/ the fam and going to a candlelight service (and this year we watched a Christmas movie afterwards), and then lounging around the house just us 4 all day. this year, though, i went to the boy’s on Christmas night to spend time with him — first time in yearssss i’ve seen a boy on Christmas. wasn’t a bad change at all. :)

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