Our Christmas Schedule and Decorating Cookies!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Now that I am married it is much more complicated to figure out holidays. Maybe I am just not used to having to choose which/what family we are going to see on certain holidays because we never had to do that when I was young?! I grew up with just my parents and I. All of our family was spread out across the country so we didn't get to spend many holidays with them. 

Justin and I have always had a hard time trying to figure out who to spend our holidays with and how to make it around to both of our families on these important days. Now that we are parents and have a little prince that everyone likes to see it makes it even harder. This year Justin's parents {my in-laws} separated and filed for divorce. So this added another twist to the plan.

Our holidays schedule was hectic but fantastic all the same:
Monday (12/23): Have my parents and Justin's dad over for a fancy "Christmas Eve" dinner and evening. Then they would all stay over in our guest rooms.
Tuesday (12/24): Wake up and have "Christmas Morning" with my parents and Justin's dad. Around 1pm we would leave to go out of town to Justin's grandmother's house where his mom's family ALWAYS has Christmas. That night his aunt & uncle host a huge Christmas Eve dinner and party, traditional old italian catholic style {read: shrimp,fish, food, food, more food, dessert, and drinking!… oh and about 50 people}
Wednesday (12/25): Christmas morning with Justin's grandma, mom, and aunt. Then the rest of the family comes over to Grandma's for dinner of handmade ravioli, homemade pasta sauce, and all the fixings. We then have Christmas with all of that family after dinner.

One of the things that was on The Daniel Family Christmas Bucket List was decorating christmas cookies.  On Monday late afternoon we decorated cookies for Santa with my mom while we were cooking dinner. Foster got a kick out of it and it was so fun to see him do this for the first time! The cookies that he decorated ended up with so many sprinkles on them. For real.

  1. Awww! That looks like so much fun! I guess the only good thing about Rob's family not being here is not having to divide up our Christmas.. although my family would totally invite his to ours!

  2. I can totally relate to your holiday schedule. My family is two hours north of our house and my husband's family is forty minutes north-east of our house, so we try to travel in a circle to fit them all in without too much back and forth. It can get really complicated trying to fit in all in, looks like you guys did a great job!

  3. That does make it tricky! I love Foster's Santa suit!!