Our Christmas 2017

I hope everyone had a very blessed Christmas! Does anyone else have a hard time catching up after the busyness of the holiday? I feel like I’m so behind with everything, but slowly getting back into the swing of normal life! I wanted pop in and share how our Christmas went 🙂

On Saturday (Christmas Eve Eve), my mom and I had our third annual Christmas cookie baking day and it was just as fun as it has been in the past! We baked eight different types of goodies and packed up trays to bring to our neighbors.

Raspberry shortbread thumbprint cookiesChristmas CookiesTray of Christmas Cookies

Jimmy, Lola, and I left my parents’ house that evening all tuckered out, but the day was a success!

On Christmas Eve, Jimmy and I went to church, passed out cookie trays to our neighbors, and then prepped dinner before heading to our church’s Christmas Eve service.

Us after church. Our friend gave us trail mix and we gobbled that up in about five seconds.

The kids in our church did a live nativity this year and it was so wonderful. They really, really did a great job at depicting Jesus’ birth and the events surrounding it.

Afterwards, Jimmy and I had his family over for a late dinner (I made Hawaiian chicken) and then exchanged gifts. It was such a sweet evening with laughter and joy.

Black and white family picture

On Christmas day, we woke up to a beautiful, fresh blanket of snow! We haven’t had a white Christmas in Pittsburgh since 2010 (I totally looked through my archives to figure that out!). Jimmy and I had coffee, exchanged gifts, and had one of my pet sitting clients and his dog over.

In the evening, we went to my mother-in-law’s for dinner and then came home and crashed hard at like 9:00 pm! That’s the sign of a great day, right?

Other thoughts and notes

  • Mavis ate half a bar of chocolate on Christmas but thankfully suffered no ill effects!
  • Jimmy gave each of the pets a gift for Christmas! I totally failed and didn’t get them anything. Sorry Lola, Malcolm, and Mavis!
  • It was nice to spend the holiday with our families!
  • Celebrating Jesus’ birth is just so special.

Tell me about your Christmas!



  1. So happy you had such a great Christmas! It actually sounds very similar to mine:) busy Christmas Eve and Christmas morning and then crashing in the evening. Definitely Italy a perfect day😊 Those cookies look soooo yummy! Happy New Year Beauty! 💗

      1. Ginger snaps are SO yummy! I may or may not have been fighting the creeping crud, and totally rationalizing eating a gazillion ginger snaps because they have huge chunks of candied ginger in them…..I mean it was the holidays…;p
        Hehe Thank you sweets! I hope the New Year is excellent to you! ❤

  2. Your holiday sounds quite lovely! I went to my parent’s house where we all got together. There were about 8 of us and it was the perfect amount. We helped my mom make Christmas lunch, played cards and took fun pictures. I hadn’t had a holiday like that in years. I am so happy God gave this to us!

    1. Aww, thank you Maureen!! The tradition my mom and I have of baking has quickly become a favorite! I’m happy to report that all the neighbors were very excited about the cookies!

  3. Those cookies look great! My Christmas was very chill, it snowed on Christmas eve so we woke up to white everything. That was nice, and my sister and I went for a walk.

  4. Those cookies! So many cookies! I bet lots of people were loving you. 😉 And I just love children’s Christmas plays – they are the sweetest. So much time with those you love in this post. Sweetness! Happy happy Christmas! 🙂

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