Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Wow. Ever since I turned thirteen, this year has been going by so quickly. One day I just got my ears pierced, and the next I'm tearing into presents on Christmas morning! It's weird . . .

For Christmas Eve, we went over to my aunt's house (mom's side). We had amazing rib-eye roast for dinner and then opened presents. Hanging out at her house is definitely one of my favorite Christmas traditions (even if her cats do make me miserable! =P)

The cup-stacking game . . .

No, this is not the cup-stacking game. This is my brother trying to touch the ceiling with cups.

Presents!!!!!! (No, she was not the only one to get things. I just obviously didn't put any other pictures in.)

 We left there around 8:30 or 9.
 What happened next is another one of my favorite traditions. We snuggled up in the living room and enjoyed The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey. Best. (Christmas)Movie. Ever!

As our parents do not like to wake up at the break of dawn on Christmas morning and tear through the packages accumulated at the base of the tree, they give us books. The wrapped awesomenesses are placed at the ends of our beds at the beginning of the night, and are usually kicked off our beds by the end of the night. Once we wake up, we cannot unwrap our books until 7pm. So, you ask, what happens if we wake up before 7pm?? We have to wait. And, as always, when you are waiting for something, the minutes drag by as slow as they possibly can. Oh, the agony!! But then, when you are finally able to open them . . . you have to painstakingly separate the tape and the paper so as not to wake your slumbering siblings. Double agony!! Don't worry. Everything turns out fine in the end, but before that . . .
For our traditional Christmas morning breakfast, we get to devour my mom's homemade egg casserole. Oh, it's so good!! As soon as our grandma arrives (mom's side), we tear into the stockings. Then come the presents. =D

Both Emily and I got the same things (magnetic utility cups)! I got mine from Annie, and I gave Emily hers!!

Emily gave all of us our own towels! We obviously decided to have a little fun. (I guess that's what you get for having a sister who works at Bed, Bath, & Beyond!)

We all received matching red, plaid pajamas from my dad's mom, and wore them while we skyped her and my aunt. =)

And then disaster hits!!

Guess we didn't have enough nails in the base! Oops!!

As I continue to grow older, Christmas becomes more and more fun for me. And it's not just the receiving of presents. I now really enjoy giving presents and seeing the reaction they create on the faces of the people I give them to.
Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, actually it is my favorite holiday, and I love the reason behind it.

 "For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Isn't that the best kind of present ever!

Merry Christmas everyone! And have a happy new year!