I will admit, and you could probably tell from my earlier posts, that I was not really in the holiday mood this year. I was struggling with a lot, and trying hard to feel Christmasy, but it wasn't really happening. I was unsure how B and I were going to spend Christmas, and it was my first Christmas spent away from my family.
We spent Christmas Eve with B's family, and ate a wonderful meal (his mom is the best cook) and spent a lot of time laughing and catching up. We opened presents, and watched as our nephew opened tons...as the only little one in the group, he gets spoiled! He got a lot of Thomas the Train toys, and after the presents were all opened, we spent some time playing with them.
After a while, we were all full, and tired, and decided it was time to go home. B and I got a few pictures in front of his mom's tree before we left (we didn't end up putting our own up this year). This is one of them.When we got home, B was excited to open presents. He couldn't wait until Christmas morning. :) So, we opened presents. Here he is opening a present.
I am really good at keeping presents a secret, so he didn't know what he was getting for the most part. He tried VERY hard to keep my presents a secret, but my mom kind of gave them away. I wasn't exactly sure I knew what he got me, but I had a few guesses, and one of them turned out to be right. He actually got my grandmother's paintings framed for me. My grandmother passed away last April...I really miss her...I actually used to spend Christmas with her rather then the rest of my family so she didn't have to be alone on Christmas. She was an artist, and a very good one at that. Over the years she painted some lovely paintings, and I was lucky enough to have a few. I always intended to get them framed, but hadn't gotten around to it. I mentioned to B a few times that we should get it done and put them up in the new house, and he did it for my present. I think it was one of the best presents he could have gotten me. :)
We spent Christmas at the farm...slept in, ate cinnamon roles for breakfast and then went out to do some chores. We spent a lot of time with the animals (here's our Chief)
and then came inside and laid around. We watched a movie, and just spent time together. We hadn't had a whole day to spend together in at least a month, and I really enjoyed it.
So, maybe it wasn't the traditional Christmas, but it was a good Christmas. :)