This really was a wonderful Christmas! As a rule I’m generally ridiculously prepared when it comes to Christmas and usually start planning a year in advance, this Christmas was no exception. I’ve been wanting to have a Penner Christmas* for a while now, and I started planning last year, somewhat, and when we decided to move, it just made everything fall into place.
Christmas Eve, Steve and I went to see Fantastic Mr. Fox to start out our evening. After that we spent a few hours driving around looking at Christmas lights, as is our tradition, before coming home and having snacks for dinner and watching The Nativity Story. Before we headed to bed for the night we opened our Santa gift, Apples to Apples, and I threw my Christmas morning Wife Saver breakfast together.
Christmas morning came around and after we opened gifts and ate breakfast, I gathered all the food together to finish preparing before family came over. We snacked on devilled eggs, spinach dip, and crackers and cheese. We had some artichoke dip, shrimp cocktail, crab dip and lots of cookies and chocolates.
Later on we sat around the fire and exchanged gifts with each other and the kids. Visiting was nice with some wine and family that had moved away a few months ago.
We had dinner around five, a little earlier than I had originally planned, but good nevertheless. Ham and scalloped potatoes were on my menu, along with corn, buns and fried brussels sprouts. We all had eaten so much during the day that no body was hungry for my Peppermint Cheesecake. (I saved it and we all had some a few days later). After dinner we played Apples to Apples before everyone left for the evening.
Boxing Day came around and Steve and I went shopping in the morning, rolling out of bed at 8:30 and heading straight to the sales. I picked up a few things that I’d been wanting, and headed back home to get ready for the day. We went to Melissa’s for the day for turkey sandwiches, more snacks and visiting.
Sunday was spent with Jeff and Trista. Trista and I met Twi-Whore at the cheap theater to go see New Moon (again) while the boys took the kids to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. After a quick stop at the mall we went back home and had dinner. Trista and I went back to Melissa’s to visit and play games while the boys watched hockey.
Finally on Monday I had time to take down my tree and the rest of the Christmas decorations. With my house back to normal I feel like life can continue, and I can start planning again for next year. We’re hoping to be in BC next Christmas, and spend it with my mom and brother. Maybe I’ll get to have another Penner Christmas* after all!
*For those that don’t know, a Penner Christmas, to me, is where you eat all day long, and have a later dinner. Usually ham and scalloped potatoes, sometimes turkey.