Posted by Nicole

Christmas seems to come and go each year, but I’m going to go back in time and pretend that it just happened yesterday, okay?

I have said it a few times and I’ll say it again – I love having two Christmases each year! For this year’s Christmas Day celebrations, Lauren and I went over to our Dad and Lauretta’s house for a day filled with games, presents, delicious food, and lots of family time. We had quite a crowd this year- Lauren and me, our Dad and Lauretta, stepsis Katie, stepbro Steve and his wife Amy, and Amy’s father and his wife… visiting all the way from Scotland!

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The breakfast spread featured all the favorites: cinnamon rolls, fruit, blueberry coffee cake, and the cheese/jam pastry round. There were also some new foods on the table though, notably cantaloupe and pineapple with bits of mint leaves in the mix. The mint-filled fruit dish and a few dishes later in the day were Scotland-inspired, and so SO delicious!

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We started the day by opening stockings.

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To fuel ourselves for the annual game of Christmas Jeopardy, we filled our mugs with spiked “apple pies” and got to gaming. The game included Christmas-themed questions about movies, world traditions, song lyrics, etc. Our family sure can get competitive, and both teams ended up tied after the final jeopardy question.

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We filled our plates with more food and then moved into the living room for some photos. It was nice to have a big live tree for the day, compared to our miniature one at my mom’s house the night before.

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Then it was time to open presents! I loved all the gifts that I received, but I think that seeing people open the gifts that we got them was much better!

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Of course I had to get my dad a USC related gift.

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And Steve got a Slap Chop — one of the more important items on his Christmas list.

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After opening presents, final touches were made in the kitchen.

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Us kids decided to leave the kitchen work to the adults and headed out for a short walk to Starbucks. Ben (one of David’s sons) was working as a barista and it was fun to visit him and give him another tip Christmas gift, especially because he had to work on the holiday!

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Back at the house, it was time to eat dinner!

Turkey stuffed with oranges

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White Bean Salad – made by Amy’s dad – It was delicious and hopefully we will get the recipe to share!

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Tabouleh Salad – also made by Amy’s dad – This dish was to.die.for.!!!!! I just finished all my leftovers and am looking forward to hopefully making some more for myself! I need the recipe stat.

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Egg and Wine Walnut Breads from Le Boulanger

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Cantaloupe, Banana Bread, Sour Cream (I think), Beets, Bacon

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Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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I also brought over a big container of leftover roasted vegetables from Christmas Eve dinner. This was my first plate:

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You know that dinner and dessert are so good when you keep on eating despite stomach pains from being painfully full! Lauren and I definitely indulged, but how could we not? It was a tasty, tasty Christmas day.

We ended the night with Cards of Humanity. We are slightly obsessed with this game :)

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Alright, time to publish the post and eat dinner! I just got to our cabin in Groveland/Yosemite with my mom, David, and two of his sons. We are snowshoeing and hiking tomorrow… should be an adventure!

- Nicole


One Response to Christmas Day 2012

  1. All that food looks SO GOOD! Honestly, one of my favorite parts of Christmas is all the delicious food. ;)

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