Catherine (tenthz) wrote,

Christmas Day

Due to the whole staying-up-til-3-am thing the night before, Christmas Day got a late start. I woke up around 10 and Liz, Albert, and I got dressed and went down to open our stockings. We have to wait at the top of the stairs before we can go down to see the stockings which are hung over the mantel in the front room which is at the bottom of the stairs. I'm hoping this is the last year we did that. o.O Liz wanted coffee before we did anything and I wanted my hair done (Liz did a french braid for me). Albert still wants us to go down in our PJs. OH well. Anyway, our stockings had mostly candy in them but I also got a funky Christmas bracelet and a reusable lint roller (that you just rinse off to clean it).

We had breakfast around noon (oops!) which consisted of Egg Puff (egg, cheese, and bread casserole), Praline Topped French Toast casserole, BACON, and fruit salad. Yum, yum, yum. Everyone was up, dressed, and coffee'ed for breakfast. :-)

It took us a while to open all the presents (and mom kept disappearing to wrap more. :-P), but here's what I finally ended up with:

From Liz (my sister):
A beautiful pair of ball-shaped earrings that she made out of knotless net created with solid copper.

From Albert (my brother):
A meat thermometer (YAY!) and a hilarious card that he made himself.

From Lindsay (which she gave me the night before):
A beautiful hand-knitted scarf that she made with all the "extras" from her other projects. It's really awesome and nice and warm.

From Aunt Karin:
A mini ambrosia cake (family recipe that really isn't like anything else)
A mini loaf of banana bread

From Adam (Liz's BF):
A beautiful hand-thrown bowl that I can't wait to eat cereal out of. He started throwing in September and is already selling Yarn Bowls and Yarn Bells and a local knitting shop - they can't keep them on the shelves!

From Mike:
2 disc, super special edition of Sweeney Todd (johnny depp version)

From my parents:
Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Hot Air Popper by Presto.
Set of steak knives
2 super-sharp pairs of Hoffritz scissors
Bread Knife
Tomato Knife
Knife Sharpener
Recipe File book (that I don't know if I'm going to use or not, hm.)
2009 Cross-stitch-a-day Calendar
Belfine White Chocolate Snowman (Albert got a penguin and Liz got a bear or something - totally cute)
Muffin pan (tin?)
3 pairs of fun socks
4 pairs of fancy knee high socks (they don't quite go over my fat calves, but look good bunched down, too. They're anti-bacterial and made of bamboo something.)

A purple shirt and a black sweatshirt that didn't fit right. I can't even shop for clothes for myself, so I never really expect others to be able to. :-P

Adam arrived after we exchanged the bulk of the presents and Karin left shortly after. For dinner we had a standing rib roast that was extremely delicious. We had roasted potatoes (that were the boiled potatoes the day before), delicious creamed spinach, and more of the loaf of bread I made on Christmas Eve morning. Everything was very good!

After dinner, we watched Beyond the Pale (Jim Gaffigan's first DVD stand-up show). HILARIOUS. I bought it as a share gift for the family. :-) When that was over, dessert was ready - Risgrynsgröt (swedish rice pudding) and cookies. YUMMY! After dessert, we finally finished opening the rest of the presents (presents for Adam and a couple others). It was about 11:30pm when we were finished and Mike headed home so he could rest up before he had to work on Friday. Adam left shortly after than and then I accidentally kept Mom and Liz up until 1:30am looking at cake wrecks. :-D
Tags: christmas, family, friends, holiday
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