Hello and a late Merry Christmas to my blog readers! I decided to spend the last two days of Blogmas enjoying time with my family, friends and boyfriend. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and you got to spend some quality time with the ones you love!
Today, I’ll be sharing with you my Christmas Eve and Christmas Day traditions! Christmas Eve is a very special day for my family, as it is my Nanna’s birthday (my mom’s mom). My Nanna was very inspirational. She loved art as much as I do, and was very supportive of my dreams to become an art teacher. Sadly she passed away, but she is always in our hearts & thoughts, especially on Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve was always a day of celebration for her, and we still celebrate her life each year.
On Christmas Eve, my family bakes and ices all of the Christmas cookies. We also watch Christmas movies, and play Christmas music. We usually get a birthday cake for Nanna and light candles to remember her. Christmas Eve night, my family attends Midnight Mass at our local church. After church, we get into our pajamas, leave milk & cookies for Santa, and head to bed.
Christmas Day is a full day celebration for our family. We have a routine that is followed each year. Kaitlyn, Trevor, and I patiently wait for our mom to give us the ok to come downstairs. She takes pictures of us in our Christmas pajamas (usually matching), and then we go into the living room to find our stockings. We each have a pile in and around our stockings of small presents; including: socks, stockings, underwear, nail polish, post its, and expo markers (teachers out there you know this is the best gift ever!)
After we finish looking through our stockings, we sit down for breakfast. My mom usually makes a French Toast Casserole with strawberries yum! After breakfast, we sit in a circle for our present swap. We start with Trevor since he is the youngest. Each person opens one gift at a time. We take turns until all of the gifts under the tree are opened. As you can imagine, this takes a while! Sometimes it’s dark out by the time we finish! I like opening presents this way, as it makes Christmas last all day long 🙂 We have a Christmas dinner at night (usually ham) and then watch a Christmas movie or eat Christmas cookies together. Christmas is by far my favorite holiday, and I’m so glad I got to share it on the blog this year! I hope you enjoyed my Blogmas series. This will be my last post for 2015. Look out for more DIYs, art making techniques and tips, and NEW Canvas & Cocktails classes on the blog in 2016! Happy New Year friends!