It was another GREAT but exhausting Christmas for us...especially now that we have a little one. Kenley is obviously too little to understand what was going on but this year made me SO excited for next year when we can start playing Santa and start our own family traditions.
Our Christmas weekend kicked off on Friday when the Beeb and her hubby Jake came over. Carolyn & I had our 2nd Annual Christmas Cookie Baking Party.
We did 4 all new recipes this year and all but one were a huge hit.
Chocolaty Melting Snowmen
these did not turn out nearly as cute as the photo showed and they didn't taste the best either. Needless to say they will not be on the list next year.
Holiday Rolo Pretzel Delights
we replaced the pecan with red and green M&Ms to make them festive. They were salty and sweet and a huge hit!
Mint Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies
these were delicious! We made them a little too big and ended up having to put three kisses on each so that they wouldn't look ridiculous.
White Chocolate Cherry Shortcake Cookies
these were my FAVORITES! they were SO-STINKIN-GOOD!
Sunday morning we went to church to have Kenley blessed. We are baptizing Kenley Lutheran but I am Greek Orthodox, so just like our wedding, I wanted to incorporate my religion. It is a Greek Orthodox tradition to bring a baby to church for the first time when they are 40 days old. Before church the priest did a special blessing and brought Kenley up to the alter. It was very special and meant a lot to me.
Sunday after church we drove up to Jason's mom and step-dad's to celebrate Christmas with them and the next morning we were at my dad's for a Christmas Eve brunch.
I am embarrassed by the lack of photos I took during all of our Christmases, but after Christmas Eve at my dad's, Kenley had a little outfit change and we were off to Jason's aunt & uncle's to celebrate Christmas with his dad's side of the family.
Christmas Day we went to J's dad & step-mom's for breakfast and then were at my mom's for dinner. And, of course, Kenley had a different Christmas Day outfit.
Our Christmas was filled with delicious food, wonderful gifts and our amazing family! It's definitely tough having four Christmases but Jason and I work really hard to make sure we get to see everyone and it makes it really special for both of us to be able to spend time with all of our families.
I hope you all had wonderful holidays with the ones you love as well!