Christmas recap

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Favorite things about the holidays, in no particular order.

Family.  So much family.  Loud get togethers with kids running around.  There’s always someone around, someone laughing, someone talking.  Being surrounded by family is the most amazing feeling in the world.

Food.  Oh all the food.  Christmas eve dinner at our house with my favorite (super easy) slow cooker pot roast, mashed potatoes, veggies and gravy.  Christmas morning breakfast tradition that I’ve stolen from Jon’s mom with quiche, cinnamon buns, and croissants.  Christmas day lunch at grandma’s with potato pirogis, baklava, kielbasa, shrimp mold, and so much more.  I’m drooling just thinking about it.  On top of the traditional meals, Jon’s mom packs her fridge with all of our favorites and her pantry with Peanut’s favorites.

Traveling.  I know that there are a lot of times that I’d rather complain about traveling but I actually love the holiday travel.  2 hours in the car with my husband while the kids are asleep and no distractions – no cell phones, no TV.  We talk and sing and flirt and talk and talk.  We stop at our favorite places and get coffees to go.  It’s relaxing, unwinding.

Presents.  I, like many, absolutely love the act of opening presents.  But what I love even more is watching my children and those I love open their presents.  The excitement as they rip through the paper.  The surprise on their faces when it’s something that rises above their expectations.  The love as they thank you for their gifts.  The little fingers running over carefully selected toys and books.

What are your favorite things about the holidays?