Saturday, December 29, 2012

Had Ourselves a Merry Little Christmas

I just re-read my post recapping last year's Christmas, and I guess nothing ever truly changes. Christmas is always sneaking up on me, there is never enough time, and I took even fewer pictures this year than I did last year. And I didn't take many pictures last year!

But, no matter how sneaky and busy Christmas can be, we always have a lovely time when it comes right down to it.

We begin our traditions on Christmas Adam, and this year, we ended up spending about five hours that day making and handing out treats to neighbors and friends because I procrastinated it until the very last second.

Sophia ran upstairs before we left and came down decked out as a holiday elf. She was loved everywhere we went, though she kept asking me why everyone kept saying she looked just like an elf. Since that was her original plan, I'm not sure why she was so surprised, but she was certainly adorable.

Christmas elf

After we finished delivering fudge and peppermint brittle, we put on our jammies and our new silly Christmas socks to watch George C. Scott's A Christmas Carol. That is our Christmas Adam tradition, and I love how important these little traditions we have gradually started are so important to the girls every year.

Christmas silly socks

On Christmas Eve, we had our friends over for dinner and dessert. They brought over their Christmas jammies to open, and then we all listened to Amahl and the Night Visitors together. I'm thankful they were willing to share that part of our Christmas Eve tradition with us. I love listening to this little opera every year, and I love how much the girls are beginning to love it, too.

IMG_5724 Christmas jammies web

We all slept upstairs together in the playroom, 'cause that's tradition too! I'm so thankful for children who value their sleep and sleep until 9:30, even on Christmas morning! We saw what Santa brought, ate a lovely (gluten-free!) breakfast of pannu kakku (just use rice flour instead of all-purpose), sausage, and eggs, and settled down for gift opening.

Puccini wasn't quite sure what all the fuss was about, though she did enjoy her own gifts of bully sticks and new squeaky toys. She also found all of the wrapping mess to be a comfortable place to take a Christmas nap.

IMG_5729 Puccini Christmas morning web

After gift opening, we started food preparations for our annual Christmas dinner with friends. We didn't host this year, but we had a lovely time with wonderful company.

And now I am treating Christmas break with as much laziness as is humanly possible. I was one worn-out woman before the semester ended!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are being just as lazy as I am during your vacation.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I have missed you! I have been so busy and wrapped up in my own little world, I forgot about the wide world of blogging and the happiness it brings to share in others' joy. I am glad you had a lovely Christmas. Your girls are astoundingly beautiful. Even in their Christmas jammies. :) Aren't traditions the best?! Be lazy. As much as you can.

  2. Sounds like a great Christmas. I love the jammies and the socks. Your darling girls are growing up! Hope you have a wonderful 2013.

  3. Oh my gosh... the socks!! I LOVE it! What an amazing Christmas you had! And your girls are beautiful!

  4. I saw this posting weeks ago, but meant to comment that I LOVE the stripes! Makes me want to do it too and see the eyerolls of Mikelle and Christian while they match Alexander. I think I'll do it in Xmas 2013!