Christmas is such a special holiday. I look forward to this time of year to get together with friends and family and really appreciate what we have. Some things change and some things stay the same. It only makes sense that things change otherwise we don’t go anywhere. And it is nice that we stop and take time, even if it is a short time, to make that effort to get together. As with everyone’s lives, there are ups and downs. I really enjoy my nieces and nephews and always wish the best for them.
We made a trip to Austin Texas bringing a new guest. The normally pretty drive this time of year was a little barren. The skies can be grey this time of year. The early cold snap really made the trees drop their leaves and left the ground colorless.
My sister in law has a Christmas eve party where family and her guests come to gather and eat appetizers. I was happy to assist and love decorating with food! We had platters of rolled up meats and cheeses, egg rolls, spinach and cheese stuffed pastries, meatballs and there were some sweets. There was a steady flow of people through the evening and at the end we did our annual white elephant. This gift exchange concept has been quite popular this year. Between my husband and I, we ended up with an air fryer and gift card to a nice restaurant. You better believe there will be many posts of food made with the air fryer.
People dress however they want. The weather is cool so sweaters, long sleeves, leggings and boots are definitely comfortable. My sister in law adopted the same concept that seems to be a trend of decorating with multiple smaller Christmas trees rather than one enormous one. This is great idea because you can have themed trees. I love it!
On Christmas morning we did our traditional trip to the gas station restaurant, Tacos Frescos and brought back tacos for everyone. I had a tortilla-less taco with egg, cheese, chicken, onions and peppers. I was happy to stay keto on this trip and even brought peanut butter truffles (sugar free). They were messy to make and they were worth it! More family came over and we had a house filled with 19 people. Needless to say we were spread out through the kitchen and living area with plates of ham, brussel sprouts, asparagus, potatoes, beans and rolls. I added arugula and cherry tomatoes as well as a tablespoon of spinach dip to my plate and really enjoyed that combination with the ham.
Afterwards we exchanged more gifts and headed back home to pick up my sweetest best friend so that we could happily snuggle ❤ Merry Christmas and peace to all!