It was an early morning at the Anderson household! We were up at 5:30am this morning in hopes that presents and breakfast would be done by 7:30! It was an early start, but worth it so we could all spend Christmas Day with both sides of our expanding families.
Do you like our pajamas? It’s a tradition that my mom gives us a set of pajamas on Christmas eve. This year’s set even included a custom “Anderson Family Christmas” shirt.
She ordered them off of VistaPrint. I thought they were cute.
We must have all been very good this year, Santa treated us well!
Who’s ready for breakfast?
My sister-in-law made her famous overnight french toast and we fried up left over ham from last night’s dinner.
After breakfast I loaded up the car and headed home to Tampa. Derek had left the night before to spend the night at his parents’ house and I met him there (still in pajamas).
I’m pretty sure Christmas Day is the one day we can all get away with spending the whole day in pajamas, right?
We had a few special visitors at the Russell house this year! Some family friends were visiting all the way from Switzerland!
Noemie and Zoe’s mom was Derek’s au pair when he was a little boy. They’re in town (with their parents) for the wedding and decided to come a little early to see Disney World and Universal for the holiday break. The girls only speak french and are so polite and well behaved.
Christmas traditions are very different in Switzerland, the girls were in awe over all the Christmas lights, candy canes, and various Christmas decorations around the house, things they don’t have at home. They were so excited about decorating their first gingerbread house that they didn’t give the roof enough time to settle and it started sliding when they added the candies. They didn’t care one bit, it just gave the house some character.
Eventually it was time to change into some real clothes and prepare for the Christmas feast.
Swiss chocolates for dessert (wow!)
and pecan pie
We had one more round of presents
Derek and I said our good-byes, then headed home to quietly celebrate the last bit of Christmas just the two of us. We kept our gifts small this year and – without planning in – ended up each giving the other their favorite k-cups (great minds think alike!). It was the perfect way to end the long Christmas weekend.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!
What’s your favorite holiday tradition?