We had a wonderfully merry Christmas. It's true what people say, once you have a child, Christmas is no longer about you. I loved watching Palmer open (he got the hang of ripping the paper after a couple tries) and explore his gifts this year. He was so sweet! It was an absolutely lovely experience, one that reminded me of the true meaning of this season, celebrating the birth of a tiny baby and the joy and life that he brings to us all.
Christmas Eve we spent with the Nichols side of the family. For dinner, we had a ham and a whole bunch of appetizers. I brought green chili and cheese tortilla spirals, artichoke and jalapeno dip and devil eggs (which tipped over on the way there, but we ate the mess anyway). Some other yummies at the feast included: hot wings, Chinese dumplings, a cheeseball and crackers, a vegetable tray, candied almonds, rolls, fudge and pineapple upside down cake. We then had our gift exchange. I received an electric blanket, and am loving it during this icky weather. Greg was given The Simpsons Season Eleven on DVD and some Homer pajama pants. Palmer received a Leap Frog stuffed animal and an outfit. My dad and his wife Betty gave us all money.
Christmas morning we had our own little family celebration. We only did stockings for each other this year because we bought a new television as our main gift. Greg filled my stocking with earphones (for the gym), David Cook's CD, The Dark Knight on DVD, a scrapbook gift card and chocolates. I gave him the new Raving Rabbids game for the Wii, a nice watch, some homemade coupons, and candy. We each bought Palmer a toy; Greg gave him a little toy piano, and I gave him a blow-up penguin bop. He also received a lot of cute toys from his grandparents.
Christmas day we spent with the Hess side of the family. We had a nice dinner of ham, mashed sweet potatoes, crescent rolls, jello salad and cheesy potato casserole. I made one of our favorite desserts, chocolate lovers lovers cake with satiny chocolate glaze and strawberries. We exchanged gifts with Greg's mom (we'll do the gradkid exchange later when the cousins get back from visiting their dad). We gave her a diecut machine and she gave us money.