This is truly one of our most FAVORITE times of the year. We celebrate many family birthdays, revel in the changing colors, snuggle by the fireplace on the rainy weekends, and enjoy the changing seasons, even though we don’t get much snow. This year is EXTRA special as YOU are with us. I was going to let it be a surprise, but I can’t keep it a secret that Bapa, Nana, Auntika, UncleB, Grandpa, Grandma, Auntie Trish, Uncle Ty, Uncle Shawn, Auntie Steph, Great Gramps and Gran Tompkins and all the kids will also be joining us for the day and dinner!!
We hope you love animals, too, because we have five! Three dogs, a cat and a leopard gecko!! It’s a zoo around here … We have a ton of fun together and hope you’re ready for lots of hugs and love. The Holiday music will be on to welcome everyone as they arrive on Christmas morning. We’ll have cinnamon rolls, hot chocolate, orange juice and coffee, then open gifts which will be a whirlwind!! (If you’re like me, you’ll want to take your time and savor the moments, though.) We hope you love everything we’ve picked out for you! After the wrapping is cleared away, of course Christmas movies will be turned on while getting dinner ready. What foods are you most looking forward to this holiday? If you tell me, I can be sure to have them for you!
Our Christmas dinner is very similar to what we make for Thanksgiving. For sure Daddy Chris will roast the turkey on the Big Green Egg (while Uncle Ty “supervises” with a beer in hand!) plus make his famous spicy gravy and garlic mashed potatoes, Grandpa will bring his delicious Bean Dip, Nana will make her Butter Dip Biscuits, Grandma will bring her pumpkin pie, Great Gran will bring a berry pie (because that’s Bapa’s fave!), Auntika will make her Sweet Potato Casserole, Auntie Trish will bring some gluten-free goodness, Uncle Shawn will make his amazing ceviche, I’ll make my yams (YUM!) and green bean and bacon casserole (it was a hit last year). There will be leftovers, so no one will go hungry for days … it’s truly a feast!
The food aside, we love playing silly card games and laughing at cat videos, jumping on the trampoline, having Nerf wars, wrestling with Uncle B, and taking short naps on the couch (though that means we have to endure the snoring!). We’ll savor the day, share memories, hear stories from the Grands’ travels, and hope that you’ll tell us a few things about you. If you’d like, we can even soak in the hot tub for a bit!
We’ll get you settled in the guest room so you can be cozy and secure for the night. If you’d like, the dogs would be happy to keep you company and will burrow under the covers by your feet! Regardless, we’re so happy to have you with us and can hardly wait to make new and lasting memories with YOU, precious one!
You are SO loved … just the way you are, beautiful and whole … a gift to us and this world.