Around our home December is filled with many activities. Getting the Christmas decor out and up; my birthday; Christmas celebration visits and presents and reflecting on the blessings we have received throughout the year.
While daddy surprised mommy with a new handbag; Dolce and Gabbana refused to be out done. They surprised mommy with a Christian Bernard watch.
Christmas Eve we celebrate with Angel P's family and our extended family. Traditional home cooked Portuguese meal and lots of smiles and laughs, as the children get to open the gifts from Auntie C. and Uncle G.
Miss A. is growing up and is quickly becoming an elegant lady. Her first pearls, she was delighted and wanted to wear the new pearl set right away. She will also be busy enjoying her love of baking with the new waffle stick maker.
Young Master J. is all about dinosaurs and the two play sets will be entertaining him for hours.
Miss M. is both niece and God daughter, and despite being 3 years younger than her sister, is becoming quite the little fashionista. She was over the moon thrilled with her new Gucci belt, which will be sure to hold her pants up on her slim frame. Hello Kitty is a favourite ... but this fashionista loves her Teddy Bears.
There was no sleeping in Christmas morning ... we may not have children, but our furbabies are just as excited to see what Santa may have brought them.
After being good little furbabies and not going under the tree or Pawing at the gifts under it for the past few weeks, they quickly claimed their spot as gifts were cleared away. Gabbana was a bit more interested in the ribbon than the Ralph Lauren sweater Santa brought her and Dolce didn't let his sweater wearing deter him from helping daddy open his gifts.
Mommy and daddy received beautiful gifts from the furbabies.
Christmas Day afternoon some friends stopped by for cocktails, tea/coffee and homemade (yes, the Kitchen Aide mixer and Wolf oven ovens were busy for a couple days leading up to Christmas Eve) treats of shortbread cookies, gingerbread cake, chocolate cake, lemon honey cake and red velvet cupcakes!
The best part of Christmas celebrations is sharing the joy of Christmas Eve with loved ones and listening to children talk about the gift God gave us so long ago ~ that keeps on giving to each of us. With my family be far away we were able to see them via FaceTime (a bonus of technology) and share a little bit of Christmas day with them.
By the end of Christmas day ... Dolce and his exhausted yawn, pretty much summed up how we were all feeling. Now we will enjoy a few days of rest, while waiting with anticipation for 2013 to arrive.
What was your favourite part of Christmas this year?