Our first Christmas in the Carolinas (I don't know why Sam named it this, since we're actually only in one Carolina) was really nice. We had snow - OH WAIT NO WE DIDN'T - it was 77 degrees on Christmas Eve and a balmy 72 degrees on Christmas day. I didn't pack for this weather - I couldn't even bring myself to wear my traditional Christmas socks that I've worn pretty much every Christmas day since my Grandmother gave them to me about 20 years ago. Yes, I was in flip flops and a short-sleeved t-shirt for the day, although I gussied myself up with my traditional Santa earrings.
But wait - I've gotten ahead of myself. We watched Elf (starring my future second husband, Will Ferrell) on Christmas Eve. Sam has a home theater setup, complete with large screen, and I couldn't resist having him pause the movie to take a selfie with Buddy the Elf:
Jeff didn't think I could make this work, but I proved him wrong. This was the only shot where I wasn't laughing my head off as I tried to take the selfie...ahhh, life is good when you can crack yourself up.
Sam's first Christmas tree, decorated with all the ornaments given to him from the time he was a baby to present day.
Somehow a couple pairs of creepy glasses ended up in the stockings, so we all had to pose:
The combination of Jeff's Alfalfa-bedhead hair and glasses makes him look like he came straight out of some weird horror movie.
Mostly the stockings held candy, including some Dutch chocolate that I bought while thinking of Fran:
Little chocolate Dutch clogs! They were cute AND delicious!
Paco barely got his present unwrapped before he started chewing on it:
Dis new bone is da best one ever!
As it turns out, Paco likes marshmallows a lot!
Here's Sam with the Fiestaware plate I got him to commemorate hosting his first Christmas:
A Christmas tree AND the year? I had to get it for him.
Sam prepared most of the side dishes on Christmas Eve, but Allie helped guide him through the green bean casserole on Christmas day:
It was nice to sit on the sidelines and watch my kids cook and have fun together.
Dinner was served, but not before we opened our Christmas crackers, donned our paper crowns, and played with the toys that were enclosed:
Jeff got a clapping hand noisemaker while Sam got golf tees - hey, you never know what you're going to get in those things!
Allie wouldn't take off the hat I knitted her, so she wore her crown on top. I think it worked!
A few of our gifts:
Allie in her new favorite hat; me with the gift cards to Home Depot from my kids, so I can go buy a leaf blower when we return home; I'm also posing with my sweet MINI umbrella that Jeff got me (check out the gear shift knob on the handle); Sam feeding his new talking piggy bank.
I don't get to see my kids very often anymore, and lately, I don't get to see both of them at the same time more than once a year, so this was a pretty special day for me. Our first Christmas in the Carolinas was a success!