Christmas 2009 was so much fun!
It started with a Pollyanna at my parents' house. (I recently learned that "Pollyanna" is a regional term. It's a Secret Santa). Not only was this more budget-friendly than standard gift-giving, it was super fun. My parents, my brother, my sisters, my sisters' boyfriends, my dad's best friend "Uncle" Jimmy, Jeff, and I were all there. Seeing everyone's reactions to the gifts was great fun. I also made my siblings photo albums of childhood snapshots that I painstakingly went through and scanned into Shutterfly. I am the most sentimental of the four of us, so I was so pleased when they really seemed to like and appreciate them. Even RJ!
After Pollyanna, I went to church with Jeff's family.
When we were children, my parents dressed all of the kids in matching Christmas pajamas for Christmas Eve. It eventually evolved to my parents getting the pajamas, as well as the kids' significant others and Uncle Jimmy. (His birthday is Christmas Eve, so he always spends it with us.) I was so sad that this tradition ended last year, but Jeff and I have carried it on and get each other Christmas pajamas. (Non-matching).
Christmas morning, Jeff and I made the awesome hot chocolate that my best friend alyssa sent us from Vermont. Then, we exchanged gifts. My favorite gift was a poem that Jeff wrote me about spending our first married Christmas together. (Awwww!)
Then began Italian Christmas '09.
Round 1: Go to Jeff's parents. Exchange gifts with MIL, FIL, SIL, and BIL.
Round 2: Jeff's godmother and her daughter visit.
Round 3: Mom-mom time!
Round 4: Uncles, aunts, cousins, and their pals.
Round 5: Food. Lots of it. Tons of food.
Round 6: More food.
Overall, it was a wonderful Christmas!