christmas eve & christmas morning twenty thirteen

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christmas eve and christmas day for us have been quite traditional for the last few years

there is a large and delicious dinner where family gathers around the table and once all is cleaned up, we sit by the fire and enjoy the rest of the evening

Lily gets to open one gift on christmas eve. an ornament gifted by Will and i. every year

she then leaves cookies and milk/eggnog for santa and is off to bed

when we wake on christmas day, we find beautifully stuffed stockings by our beds

last year Lily was three and was already taken by the magic of christmas

she is now four and oh my goodness…. the excitement on her face when she found her stocking filled with goodies by her bed and when she saw the tree filled with gifts

amazing

something about being with family, somewhere cold, with snow that just makes christmas so much more magical

happy new year friends!

i hope you had a great new years eve and i wish you a golden twenty fourteen

ps- funny to think that in a way this was last year’s christmas, right?

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avo joao doing the honors

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helping with the creme brulee after a delicious dinner

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eggnog and cookies with a hand written note for santa

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santa came

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our handmade painted paper and salt dough gift tags

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getting sleepy

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christmas morning. oh the excitement!!!

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still a bit sleepy and overwhelmed

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all was merry and bright