Let me start by saying I am not a holiday person. I am trying though. I see all these super happy holiday people and I want that. I also want my son to have happy holiday memories. So fake it until you make it. We stayed home for the holiday this year and apparently my husband does not know my family rule where you hold off on who is going to host the holiday so he volunteered us. So we spent some time cleaning our house.
The Weekend before Christmas
I had my last long run before my marathon. That sounds weird because I still have like a 17 mile run but my 20 something is over with. That night my running friends and I have a tradition to get Mexican food before the holidays. We always have a great time and it is nice to enjoy the company.
The next day my husband’s family met for brunch. Most will be at our house for Christmas but three were not able to come.
I did the 12 Days of Christmas WOD in the morning which is always a beat down. My family also went out for lunch before all the places closed. That night we went to a neighborhood that is known for their Christmas lights and drove around, listened to Christmas music and enjoyed the lights.
When my son woke up, I showed him a picture of Santa in our house the night before. My son was a little confused and then a little upset that he didn’t see Santa. My son and I started the morning by going on a run with one of my friends. When we got back home, we opened presents. My son only gets one gift from Santa and it is different paper. His stocking is I guess from Santa too. We try not to get my son many gifts. We stick to the “Something to read, something to wear, something you need and something you want” thing. So his stocking gifts: Lego Minifigures, socks, undies, and bath bombs. For the actual gifts: a couple of shirts, an Amazon kids tablet and then Santa got him the book Naked which is perfect because he can be a nudist.
My husband and I do a big gift for us so this year we bought a new mattress. We are also in charge of each others stocking gifts. Husbands stocking: socks, undies, lotto tickets, pj pants and then a beer gift set from the local liquor store. Basically the same things I get him every year. What he got me: Goodr sunglasses in Flamingos on a Booze Cruise(BEST NAME EVER), Lip balm and a bath set. You can find the sunglasses here.
We also got our dog a gift and Santa put a toy in his stocking.
Then time for the holidays. We decided to do a BYOB and not a typical meal. We weren’t having too many people over so we didn’t need a huge meal. We did BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders, Mac & Cheese, and Cranberry sauce which I guess my son and I were the only ones who like cranberries. My SIL also made mashed potatoes. We also had a million desserts. The food got a lot of compliments. My husband really liked the BBQ chicken sliders. You can find the recipe here.
I also like to have a holiday drink for my guests. This year I went easy and just did vodka mixed with Cranberry Sprite.
After we ate, we played the Saran Wrap Game for the adults. It is a lot of fun and I think they enjoyed it. Here is how to play:
- Roll dice to see who starts. We did the lowest roll started.
- Whoever roll starts unwrapping the Saran Wrap ball. Inside are gifts. While they are unwrapping, the person next to them is trying to roll doubles. Once they do, they take the ball and start unwrapping.
- The next person is now trying to roll doubles and the game goes on until the ball is finished.
To make it harder, you could have people wear oven mitts.
The prizes I had in it: candy, gum, lotto tickets, lip balm, face masks, kitchen utensils, and liquor bottles. It is really fun. I didn’t play since I was the host.
The kids all had fun and opened their presents and just played. So the holidays are over and while it was fun, I am glad.