Ellison's Christmas actually started back in September when I ordered us all new Pottery Barn stockings. I think they're just the sweetest things and I was ready to hang them up as soon as they arrived! I like that the PB styles are pretty classic and when it's time for baby number two (several years from now!) we will easily be able to add to our bunch.
Our next big event was picking out our tree. We just went up to a tree lot a mile or so from our house. It's the same place Barrett and I have gone for the last 5 years. It was 70+ degrees that day and it felt a little odd to be picking out our tree! Next year, I'd like to start a new tradition of driving up to the mountains to get a tree. I want to do the whole shebang...hayride, cocoa, carols. I'm excited already!
Then, Ellison met Santa! Every year, Santa comes to see our kids at the hospital. He. Is. Fabulous. Seriously...the real deal. So, I popped over to school and scooped her up to get her picture taken with Santa. Barrett was able to leave work early to come up, so we got a fun family picture with Santa and tons of really sweet pictures of E with the big man. It was good, quality Santa time and I'm so glad we decided to do it that way instead of seeing the mall Santa. I mean, how awesome is this guy?!
We made a salt dough ornament to commemorate E's first Christmas.
We tried to catch all the good, classic Christmas movies when they came on TV.
Christmas morning, our little family of four took our time getting out of bed. We had cinnamon rolls for breakfast and opened our gifts.
Barrett's dad and stepmom joined us for dinner. Barrett cooked a gigantic delicious standing rib roast for us and his stepmom cooked everything else. It was so nice to not have to do anything! It was quite the change of pace for me because I'm usually the one doing all the work in the kitchen fit our get togethers. It was nice to pass over the reins for once! We had a wonderful evening.
I can't believe it's all over so fast! I know that as the years pass, Christmas will only get more and more fun. Only 350-ish days to go!