On Monday the 23rd we headed to Millerstown to start our holiday off with M's family. It was their year to have us for Christmas Eve & Christmas, so since we were going to have to cut our Christmas day visit a bit short we headed out a day early so that we could spend a little more time with them. We got there Monday night in time for dinner with M's mom. After dinner we helped her decorate their family Christmas tree.
|Decorating the Millerstown tree|
|Super excited about her new cell phone from us|
|Our 1st Married Christmas Eve|
After lunch we were able to hang around a bit more before heading to NJ for Christmas part 2 with my family. We tried to time it so that we would get to NJ as my family was finishing dinner, but of course it wouldn't be a holiday dinner with my family if something didn't go wrong and if dinner wasn't on time. Christmas night at my parent's was very low key. Had dessert with the family and just hung out by the fire until everyone was too tired to talk anymore and we all went to bed.
Thursday morning we did my family's typical Christmas celebration. We got up, opened presents, and then had a breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast. Opening presents at my parents is always fun... I particularly love seeing my Grammy's reaction to her presents... especially when they have cardinals on them. (Grammy is a HUGE fan of cardinals as they were her high school mascot). After breakfast we spent the day hanging out together before having a nice family dinner. After dinner it was more just hanging out and catching up around the fire... and of course we had some eggnog!
|Love the fireplace at Christmastime!|
|NJ Christmas tree|
|Dad loved his nutcracker ornament|
|Grammy's Christmas tree|
|Our 1st Married Christmas|
As always... today I am thankful that we are lucky enough to live close enough to both our families to be able to spend so much time with them. So many of our friends do not have family members close by and we are so incredibly blessed that we get to see our families as much as we do. Of course we definitely don't get to see them as often as we would like due to crazy schedules, but it is always nice to know that they are only are car ride away should we need them (or should they need us).