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Christmas Day

by Meghann on December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas!


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. πŸ™‚


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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. πŸ˜‰



Eventually it was time to change into some real clothes and prepare for the Christmas feast.



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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?

1 MissPinkKate December 26, 2012 at 10:04 am

Was it sad not having Derek there on Christmas Eve/Christmas morning?

2 Meghann December 26, 2012 at 10:22 am

It was sad, but we had spent Christmas Eve morning together and Christmas Day together. Plus, we get to see each other everyday since we live in the same house. We talked about it and decided one night apart from each other was okay.

3 Natalie @ Free Range Human December 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

I think it’s so fascinating to learn about other people’s traditions and cultures! What a great experience for those little girls!
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4 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

What a great Christmas! And I love your mom’s t-shirt idea. Now I’m wondering what it would be like to celebrate Christmas in Europe! That must have been a fun experience for those girls to see Christmas in another culture!
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5 lisa fine December 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

Love that you all have pajamas on almost all day. I love days of lazing around the house.

And that overnight French toast looks fantastic – can we get the recipe? πŸ™‚
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6 McKenzie December 26, 2012 at 10:33 am

I had several au pairs growing up (we had a huge family so my parents needed a lot of help) from a couple different countries. Still keep in touch with them to this day, even though I’m an adult.

7 TorontoRunner December 26, 2012 at 10:36 am

haha I certainly had on my pjs all day – I love that personalized family shirts!
Looks like such a great time, lots of good food!!
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8 Sabrina December 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

Nothing says Christmas like new PJs and family!
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9 abbi December 26, 2012 at 11:07 am

It’s interesting seeing others traditions. I was so jealous of my entire husband’s family hanging out on PJs yesterday. We were the only ones that had to travel and were exhausted by the time we got home!
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10 meghan December 26, 2012 at 11:48 am

Wow! What a great day and so many Christmas’s to celebrate! We had to yesterday and tomorrow I’m headed up to TN to have the third with my family and sister.
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11 HS December 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I know it is probably a touchy subject, but I’d love to hear your perspective on splitting the holidays between families! It is always a tough call on what to do/who not to upset. Do you think you guys will get to a point where you alternate the houses year to year or divide up again for Christmas morning?

And can you imagine once you (and all of your siblings) have kids and there are grandchildren involved!

12 joelle (on a pink typewriter) December 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Love your Christmas day outfit!
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13 Liz December 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Looks like an awesome Christmas. My family also had the pajama tradition and it was pass down though the generations. I’m a bit late, but merry Christmas. πŸ™‚
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14 Khushboo December 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Merry Christmas to you! Swiss chocolates are my all time favorite, especially Lindt!
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15 Renee December 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I love your dress!
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16 Sara @ fitcupcaker December 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

looks like a blast. I can’t believe it’s over!
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17 Anne December 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Awwww, why didn’t you spend the night at Derek’s parents house on Christmas Eve? πŸ™

18 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats December 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Looks like a great time! I literally stayed in PJs all day and it was fantastic πŸ™‚
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19 Annette @FitnessPerks December 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I stayed in my PJs all day too! It was awesome.

My mom is Swiss–so we have lovely traditions from there!
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20 GJ December 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm

You have such a nice family and seem to all get along so well. Sending belated good holiday wishes!

21 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions December 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Looks like you had a really great Christmas! How cool that those girls had the chance to experience Christmas in the U.S. I’ve recently learned a lot about Christmas in other cultures, and though I’d always choose to spend Christmas with my family over any other option, I think it’d be really cool to celebrate Christmas in another country just once to see how other people do it.
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22 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm

What a great Christmas! I love the matching pj’s and lots of great food! πŸ™‚
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23 Caitlin @ This Bride's Joyride December 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Between the tree, the colors and the matching pajama bottoms that is an awesome family christmas photo!

My family traditions for Christmas changed this year (first year married) but we ended up having a breakfast on Christmas day that included some of my family, my husband’s family, and my husband’s sister’s husband’s parents – I hope it’s the start of a new tradition πŸ™‚
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24 Julianna @ Julianna Bananna December 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm

i always wear pajamas all day on christmas! it’s not christmas without it πŸ™‚
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25 Lyndsay December 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Just wondering if Derek is wearing his wedding ring in the one photo?

26 MealsAndMiles December 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Yep, he is. He likes wearing it and since I get to wear a pretty ring I don’t see the harm in it. πŸ™‚

27 Haley December 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Love it! We went looking at rings for my fiance and he said he didn’t dare buy yet because he’d want to wear it all the time…

28 Meghan @Health Continuum December 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I love your Mom’s t-shirt idea! Holiday season can be tough with families living in different cities but you always seem to make it work.
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29 Christine @ BookishlyB December 26, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Little kids with foreign accents are so dang cute. Even better when they’re well-behaved.

And your PJ tradition is pretty cool. I like it when families have low-key traditions like that everyone can participate in. My mom gives us ornaments every year, no matter what. It’s the little things you look forward to!
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