Christmas 2012 in Pictures

Happy day-after Christmas, friends!  I hope you had fun with your family and loved ones!

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Santa gave this greyhound ornament to my sister, which was long overdue; it’s our first Zelda-related Christmas ornament.  I didn’t do too great on the picture front the past few days, but I will share some of my favorites.

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On Christmas Day, my sisters and I did our stockings first, and my parents opened a few presents, too.  Then, it was time for breakfast!  We made an egg bake with tomatoes, mushrooms, and red and green peppers, plus gingerbread pancakes with sautéed pears.

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This was the only food photo I took during the holidays, which is because the pancakes tasted super moist and delicious; we’ll definitely make them again next year.  After eating, we moved onto presents.

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My indoor bike trainer was my “big” (and early) Christmas present, so I got smaller gifts, which was totally fine—less stuff to lug back to NYC!

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This pile of books sums me up pretty well—ha!  My sister gave me Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle, which has some great recipes (and spice blend ideas!), and Santa got me Sex, Lies, and Triathlons and the Baby Lit version of Pride and Prejudice, which is super adorable.

A few hours later, we headed to my aunt and uncle’s house for our Yankee swap and Christmas Day dinner feast.  I didn’t take any pictures, but there were so many appetizers—shrimp and cocktail sauce, veggies and dip, crackers and cheese, fried fish, scallops wrapped in bacon, spinach and artichoke dip, etc.  We joked there were enough apps to last until Easter!

Later, we did our annual Yankee swap—similar to a white elephant gift exchange—which was a ton of fun.  This was my first year participating, but I had a good strategy thanks to many years of spectating.  In the end, I walked away with a bottle of very nice red wine (woohoo!), plus a jewelry set and some saltwater taffy.  My grandparents also gave presents to their kids and grandkids; check out these treats.

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Each bundle contained seven tiers of homemade cookies my grandma made.  So seven tiers times five kids (really six, but my uncle and his family live in Pennsylvania, and they couldn’t make it) equals a boatload of cookies.

After the gift exchange, more eating and drinking ensued, and we may have polished off a bottle of cinnamon roll rum.  Chocolate martinis also may have happened–ha!

Was Santa good to you this year?  What’s your favorite gift you gave/received?

32 responses to “Christmas 2012 in Pictures

  1. holy cow did your grandma go to town with those cookies. Love it. Just love it.

  2. It all looks great. I’m glad you had a good day x

  3. Wow – looks like a great celebration! And gingerbread pancakes–Yum!

  4. Looks like a LOVELY holiday with the family! Stay away from your freezer though! 😉 p.s. you should Vlog too!

  5. What a great day!! I ended up with a nice bottle of red in our family Yankee swap, too!

  6. I got a gorgeous Topaz pendant and a Nike Fuel Band from Hubby. I bought Practical Paleo for myself though today for inspiration and cant wait to read. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas Too!

  7. This is going to sound like a super weird question but … Do your eyes hurt?! All of the colours are SO bright!! Bet your smile was too. 😉 Sounds like a great day, Carrie.

  8. Looks like so much fun and soooo many presents!!! My favorite gift was a garmin watch that Jimmy gave me! 🙂

  9. Whoa BABY! Your breakfast looks BOMB!!! Tons of fuel to tackle that Mt. Everest STACK of presents!!! Hope you have a phenomenal XMAS – New Years is on it’s way, more time to celebrate, Weeee!!! 🙂

  10. I got mainly fitness-related items, too!! Love it. We did scrambled eggs and stollen, a fruity almond-paste filled loaf. I almost love the food of Christmas more than the presents… almost 😉

  11. I think it’s so cute that your sister and family know you so well! Those books do sum you up pretty well 🙂 Thoughtful gifts like that are always the best.

  12. haha cute ornament ! Cinnamon roll rum sounds amazing !! My Christmas was great, got some earrings that my allergic ears can actually wear and some other stuff for my home (which is always an awesome gift since I just got my first place)

  13. What wonderful pictures and it sounds like you had a great Christmas day. I’ve had the Paleo book for a while and there are definitely some good recipes in there. I look forward to hearing which you like and how much better your pictures of the outcome look than mine do…

  14. Haha that triathlon book cracks me up! I even went to read the description on Amazon and the part about if you have someone in your life who is a triathlete and it says God help you if it is your spouse! I guess we’re lucky we are both triathletes 🙂

    Great Christmas pictures!

  15. I’m sort of obsessed with the books you got, especially the Little Miss Austen book. Heading over to Amazon.com now. 🙂

  16. Aw, looks like you had a fantastic Christmas!!

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  18. Oh my gosh, I’m so jelly of your Italian grandma cookies! My nana was from Sicily and made the most amazing pizelles ever!

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