Christmas has come and gone and what do you know? I don't really have any pictures. I'm awful with taking photos, but I swear I'm going to try to do better in 2011.
Before 2011, though, I'd like to tell you about my amazing Christmas.
1st- We had Christmas with my mom's side of the family. Every year we get together and celebrate and eat and are merry. It's one of my favorite things. And while this year I didn't have any gifts there, it was a lot of fun seeing so many of my family members and teaching my cousin to knit (in front of everyone... yikes). Mom was wearing her new scarf that I had made her, and I got to show off my awesomeness. I'm thinking about making several items and then starting up an Etsy shop. We'll see.
2nd- My wonderful friends got together for a Christmas party! It was wonderful. I got to see so many friends, some that came all the way from the west coast! We had a secret santa, and I have to say the gift I made was well loved. I was given a book (big surprise there. I love me some books). We ate. We drank. We were most definitely merry. Mike was given a gift card. That just makes him happy. And he played video games and made friends. By the end of the night, he and his drunken buddies declared that there was exactly 1 black man in the room (there were in fact 2 bi-racial gentlemen including Mike). It was entertaining.
3rd- I had a FIVE DAY WEEKEND!!!! That's cinco dias my friend. That's a lot. I spent them well. I helped my buddy prepare for the party, cleaned my house (and I mean super cleaned), enjoyed Christmas (after finishing the decorations and wrapping) and really just relaxed!!!! It was amazing.
4th- Have I mentioned the cookies yet? NO??? Ok, so I like to bake. And I have to admit- I got some skills. So every Christmas I try to make some sweets for Mike to take to work, and my work, and my brothers, and Mike's parents. I really wanted to make quite as many as I wanted, but I got to bake the Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodles, Peanut Butter cookies, Sugar cutouts, and Gingerbread Men. While I didn't quite like all of my recipes, the ones that came out I attached the links for the recipes. I need to find better ones for the chocolate chip and snickerdoodles. But the sugar cookies? The gingerbread men? A-FREAKIN-MAZING! LOVED THEM!!! I froze some of the sugar cookie dough. Never using another recipe for those.
And while I didn't get to them by Christmas I still plan on baking the pumpkin cookies sometime soon. WARNING- I haven't tried the recipe yet.
5th- Christmas day was... ok. Mike worked that morning, so I got up and made him Mike's parents came down for lunch and then we had dinner with the family I babysit for. They are wonderful, and the father cooked his mother's recipe for pork loin. The meal was Puerto Rican, and it was delicious!!!!! And they really are a fun group. We played games until the kids were falling asleep, and then finally left ourselves.
6th- Dec 26 we had our own Christmas dinner since we had eaten with friends on Christmas day. I made a delicious glazed ham with mashed potatoes, dumplings, green beans, and rolls. Someone requested the recipe for the ham. The link can be found here. I did tweak it to my needs- my ham was only 3 lbs., but I used 10 oz of juice, most of a pineapple, and 3/4 cup of brown sugar. This way I had more glaze. :) It was spectacular.
And then finally on Dec 27 I got to have dinner with my mom and brothers and their respective girlfriends (and my nephew). We met half way at the Fuji Steakhouse. It was delicious! And we got to exchange gifts. My brother was completely surprised that I could knit. I was a little peeved, but oh well. His girlfriend wants the same scarf I made for mom! :)
So there was the rundown of my Christmas. It was rather calm this year, but it's mainly because my nephew no longer believes in Santa, and my grandpa wasn't here this year. Mike worked on Christmas as well. It was nice, though. It was our first real Christmas. We were poor in college, and then last year we bought a house, so we didn't really do gifts. But this year, we have beautiful decorations and a lovely house to decorate, and thankfully lots of people to celebrate with.
And really, that last part? Right there? Yeah, that's really what it's all about. The family and the friends to share it all with.
Happy Holidays, everyone!