Anyways, Christmas was great! I really enjoyed spending our first Christmas as a married couple in our house together. In keeping with my Christmas traditions this year, versus Joel's last year, I cooked a big Christmas Eve dinner consisting of a honey baked ham, mashed potatoes, sweet rolls, homemade mac and cheese, and veggies. I always snack on cheese and crackers throughout the day while I am cooking, eat dinner, and then open presents...and this year was great fun. My family is German, so that is why we keep with the Christmas Eve gift tradition. I don't think Joel was *too* disappointed.
(Joel and his new iTouch!)
Christmas day was a mixture of traditions. Joel's parents always do a big spread of bagels, meats, and cheeses for Christmas day. Whereas the Midwestern family I had cooked a big fatty, yummy breakfast with pancakes, eggs, bacon, biscuits, and gravy. So, we compromised and had breakfast in our jammy jams (courtesy of my traditions) and had pancakes and bagels. Definitely a win-win!
On 26 January we took a trip with my Goddaughter and her parents, who are close friends of mine, and we headed to Strasbourg, France for their Christmas market. While the gluhwein wasn't as good, it was a beautiful market where we came away with many French Christmas items!
(Me freezing in France)
(The church overlooking the market)