Merry Christmas Eve!!!
We kicked off our Christmas weekend festivities this morning with Christmas eve brunch at my Uncle Bill’s house. Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day filled with all of my favorite foods, so it was fun to all come together for a big potluck brunch.
We had a waffle station, omelet station, and a table FULL of goodies. It was an amazing spread of eats.
My plate contained a bit of all my favorites including a homemade biscuit with sausage gravy, a fresh belgium waffle with homemade blueberry and strawberry spread, ham fritata, grits, bacon, and some fruit salad (that I made!).
I went back and continued to pick at the fruit salad and bacon. It was all just so good.
What’s brunch without a mimosa or two? 😉
Sometimes I think my Dad has more fun hanging out with the little ones than he does with the adults. All three girls were chasing him around yelling ‘Uncle John! Uncle John! Uncle John‘ They sure love their Uncle John.
After we all ate, it was time for the little ones to open their presents.
It was an explosion of pink and American Girl accessories.
Both of my brothers weren’t able to join us for Christmas this year. My little brother is in Maryland with his fiance and her family and my twin brother is in Los Angeles doing the doctor thing. It’s sad because this is the first Christmas all four of us won’t be together, but thanks to technology, they were still able to play a part in the traditional festivities.
Josh was passed around via Skype and was even able to open a couple of his presents in front of us. It was nice to include him.
We had a dessert break before moving onto the adults.
A congo bar and one of our ginger cookies from yesterday made my taste buds very happy.
I also snacked on some pumpkin coffee cake that my cousin made. Yum.
Instead of buying a million and one presents for Christmas, my family does a Yankee Swap where we all bring one gift and draw numbers.
Any gifts that include alcohol or gift cards are high ticket items in my family.
Unfortunately my first two gifts (which both contained gift cards AND alcohol) were stolen (booooo) and I was left with beer glasses.
Another big tradition in my family? Re-gifting presents from years past. The fondue set in the background is in it’s fourth year – perhaps the beer glasses will make another appearance next year? 😉
Now, the table is set
And the stockings are hung
Let Christmas Eve festivities #2 begin!