Christmas Eve!

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas vacation! As you can see from my absence, I thoroughly enjoyed mine. It was jam packed with non stop fun! I was LOVING being home. I never feel as comfortable as I do there. The sun was out the entire time we were there, P-E-R-F-E-C-T weather, got to love San Diego!

Christmas Eve we have the tradition of going caroling to the neighbors and then doing a Family talent show. Last Christmas we had at my house, I had Trevor teach me a song on the guitar and surprised everyone with my new skills. This year I kind of forgot to plan something, and Trevor wouldn't let me tag along with the magic trick he did. Who knew Trevor had some pretty impressive magic tricks up his sleeve?! Love it. Anyways, I just ended up reading the history behind Nativities which I thought was pretty interesting.

We usually have a large dinner made up of appetizers (if that makes sense?) but this year my brother made dinner for his talent portion of the talent show. My brother Ben served a mission in Mexico, and he decided to cook us all a traditional Mexican meal, it was soooooooo yummy!

We grew up with the family tradition of opening one gift on Christmas Eve. That present was always new pajamas! This is a tradition I would love to continue on in my family, but we will probably wait for when we have kids, since Trevor and I don't really wear pajamas :) haha. Were underwear sleepers. 

But the last couple years of being married, I found I was missing opening a gift on Christmas Eve. So I decided I still wanted to open something on Christmas Eve. So since Trevor works out a lot, and I try to work out a lot haha I got us some new gym wear. I got some fun new running/yoga pants and Trevor got a couple work out shirts. I think this will be fun to do until we have kids and can start the pajama tradition with our family :)


The best part of the night was when my nephew opened up his Christmas Eve gift and burst into tears when he saw it was pajamas.... because "pajamas are borrrrring!" haha He cried for quit a while, and it was hilarious. Such a classic. Trevor didn't know what his Christmas Eve gift was and as a joke after opening up his, pretended he didn't like it (in attempts to be like Evan) and I almost fell for it too! Meanie.

After we ate some of the best tacos ever, went caroling to our neighbors, had the family talent show, opened up Christmas Eve gifts, and read the story of Christ's birth, and put the kiddos to bed...we opened up the games. I am not the biggest "game" person, but my family has introduced some really fun ones that I have found myself totally getting into. Needless to say, we played into the wee hours of the morning.... and I totally lost my voice! haha

 
 
 
 Sheba also decided to enjoy some Christmas Eve dinner :)
Oh and check out my parents Christmas Tree! If only you could see it in real life. It is a REAL tree, and it was the BIGGEST most FULL tree I have ever seen in someone's home.
It looked and smelled beautiful. It was just perfect!
 
 
Me and my older brother Ben had some fun playing around with our nephew's laser swords :) haha & to all a good night!

32 comments

  1. Love seeing Christmas pictures!
    ..And those are some sweet sword pictures!

    Happy New Year!



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  2. I loved this post! I am so glad you took a break, and it paid off! :)
    You deserved it.
    Ky

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  3. Those laser swords look like some pretty intense fun!

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  4. Your brother is cracking me up, just goes to show you're never to old to have fun!! I'm so not looking forward to break being over...Tuesday is D day

    Happy New Year!!

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  5. It looks like you had a great Christmas! Loved the pictures (especially the ones of the yummy food). Happy new year!

    A Southern Drawl

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  6. Looks like you had a great Christmas! I love the tradition of opening up Pjs- such a cute idea. Happy New Year!

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  7. 1. Your family traditions sound lovely and fun.
    2. Those tacos look delicious!
    3. That tree does look amazing!

    xoxo,
    Noelani

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  8. That dinner looks incredible!!! What a talent to show off, indeed! Happy new year!

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  9. Love all the Christmas pictures and the laser sword pictures made me smile! Haha :)

    --Amanda
    http://anthropomorphity.blogspot.com/

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  10. Hahaha .... "we're not pajama sleepers" ..... I'm sure you can guess why that made me chuckle:)

    Love your blog. Love your traditions, and I might steal them... glad you had a great Christmas!

    keep a-postin!

    Jessi
    cherishinghopesanddreams.blogspot.com

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  11. It looks like you had SO much fun Alycia!! What a beautiful tree and I love the idea of work out clothes rather than pjs! I need to remember that for the future!

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  12. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas Eve! Those tacos look delicious! That tree is gorgeous!

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  13. Loved seeing these Christmas pictures! How fun!!!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! :)

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  14. Glad you took a nice long break and had an amazing time with family! :) Loved this recap and I am really hungry now! Those tacos looks so good! :) Happy New Year and welcome back!

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  15. I find the pajama tradition so sweet!
    Those laser swords look incredible especially the last picture.

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  16. Love the idea of opening one pressie on Xmas Eve xoxo
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  17. I love all of your pictures! :) I'm glad you had a great Christmas! That looks just like my cat! He always gets on the dishwasher!

    Happy New Year!

    xo

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  18. Sounds like a great Christmas with family. :) We had loads of fun too with my nephew: he got this hamster that repeats everything you say! :D


    Happy new year 2012,

    xx Satu
    Indie by Heart

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  19. Some very cool traditions there. I can't wait to have my own little family one day to start traditions with.

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  20. I think I would be quite content with mexican food, new PJs and laser swords!
    Happy new years to you! :-)

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  21. Sounds like you had quite the Christmas! I love the idea of workout wear instead of pajamas till you have kids.

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  22. Hahah poor Evan! A tradition of appetizers sounds wonderful! I might have to try that sometime this week!

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  23. Looks like fun times! Happy new year!

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  24. Great post and photos! Looks like you had lots of fun!

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  25. My parents gave us pajamas every year, too! When I moved out for college was whaen I finally realized just how many pajama sets I had. Glad you enjoyed your holidays!

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  26. What a fun holiday! :)
    Love the laser swords...haha!

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  27. I LOVE the LASER SWORDS!!!

    Hope you had an amazing New Year too!

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  28. We have the same tradition of opening a present on christmas eve and we have family over that night and all we eat are appetizers! Those tacos looked amazing! I bet they were good!

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  29. I love the idea of a family talent show. I am going to have to suggest that next year with my family :)

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  30. Oh you're familys Christmas traditions sound so completely wonderful!! Caroling and a talent show! Does it get much better!?

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