Christmas Recap

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I did, despite my allergies randomly bothering me since Saturday. It was nice to spend time with family and see my parents again. I figured I would go a little off topic today and just do a recap of my weekend and Christmas activities. Please feel free to share yours in the comments!

The Weekend

My parents had slept over our apartment Sunday and Monday night, and it was nice to spend time with them before all the festivities. As soon as I got out of work Saturday, R and I went to meet them at my grandma’s house. Unlike us, they made really good time, leaving at 1:30am and arriving around 3:30pm, plus they stopped for breakfast and twice for gas.

My mom had to do some last minute shopping Sunday morning, and then her, my dad and my grandma joined us for dinner. I made baked ziti as my mom requested it, mostly to see how my sauce has progressed (it got a passing mark!). Afterward, R and I did some shopping. The stores were horrendous, and the bad part was we were mostly shopping for groceries.

Monday was a day for relaxing. My mom made her chocolate pudding pie, my dad made fudge, and I made cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies. My family is big on dessert, can’t you tell? I actually had made chocolate chip cookies Friday night, but everyone loved them so much that I had to make more. They are extremely simple, and I’ll probably be posting the recipe soon. I found it via an app on my phone while I was browsing for recipes one day. It’s part of my plan to bake/cook more and discover new things to make.

At night, we watched NCIS together since we had missed the most recent episode. My parents had borrowed an air mattress from my grandma that just fit in our living room. I felt bad as our apartment is really not suited for guests, but thankfully they were comfortable aside from thinking it was somehow too warm! This makes me think we should strongly consider getting a 2-bedroom apartment when we move, even if they are a bit more expensive. Two bathrooms would be lovely, too.

Christmas Eve

We spent Christmas Eve at my aunt’s house this year, since my cousins were going to be spending Christmas with their dad. Unfortunately my stomach chose the holidays to be upset, so I didn’t really eat much, but everything looked amazing. The main dish was chicken parmesan courtesy of my grandma, along with tilapia, broccoli, shrimp and spinach.

Dessert consisted of chocolate pudding pie, cheesecake, cookies from my grandma and I, pumpkin pie, and fudge. Yum.

White Christmas
Driving home

There was a surprise waiting for us when we left, though. Snow! We got a White Christmas, which I hadn’t been expecting at all. I had checked the weather a few days prior, and the chance of precipitation was 10%. Around 9:30, we decided to head home before it got worse. Thankfully we all got home in one piece, but cars were slipping and sliding everywhere! My dad actually had to help someone who was stuck.


I really can’t believe Christmas has come and gone already. It seems like yesterday that I was counting down the days until my parents got here, and now that they’re here, it’s going by too fast! When you really want to make time matter, it seems like it speeds up.

Our plan for a “big” sleepover worked out well. My parents got up around 8, we got up around 8:30, and surprisingly, my grandma slept until 9. She has an awful habit of waking up extremely early, being unable to fall back asleep for three hours, and then “sleeping in.” My mom and I tried to clean up as much as possible with the air mattress, blankets and laundry that was going on before she woke up.

Mostly things for the apartment

Opening presents was fun, but I couldn’t help feeling bad that my parents and my grandma didn’t have a lot to open. My mom and grandma had apparently teamed up and each got us a handful of things for the apartment, which was really nice, but resulted in a lot of little things being opened for a while. I just feel odd when everyone is left watching you open presents because they finished opening theirs!

R went to his mom’s house to exchange presents there around 11:30, and then he came back to the apartment to drop things off and check on our cats. Everyone arrived at my grandma’s around 2, and we were talking and eating appetizers for a while. Unfortunately, my allergies were killing me again, and the only thing that happens to help me is Benadryl, which puts me to sleep. I even took half the dose I normally do, and it hit me about an hour later. I’m sad to say I slept through dinner, even though a piece of lasagna was waiting for me when I woke up.

Dessert mostly consisted of talking and stuffing our faces at the same time. R and I were the only ones there who had to work the next day, but everyone left around 8pm. I felt funny leaving my parents there, as I’m so used to going home with them. My mom is stopping by my job today to say hi to everyone though, so that should be fun.

I can’t believe stores were advertising their “after Christmas” sales yesterday; I saw that Macy’s was opening at 5am. I am not in the mood to do more shopping after all the shopping I had to do for Christmas presents! While I am sure there are deals to be had, I’m quite happy with everything we received for Christmas. I hope Santa was good to all of you as well!

What did you get for Christmas? How did you celebrate? Are you going to partake in the after Christmas shopping?

Erin M.

Erin is a personal finance writer and virtual assistant who loves talking about money and how to use it as a tool to get what you want out of life. When she's not obsessing over numbers or working (which is rare), she can be found messing around in Photoshop, laughing at her cat, watching YouTube videos, playing video games, chair dancing, or any random combination of the above.

18 thoughts on “Christmas Recap

  1. Ah allergies suck! I have very bad allergies and I’m currently taking shots to build up an immunity to the things that trigger them. I’ve had to take benadryl at work before and oh man those days were filled with fighting sleep haha.

    We saw my wife’s family at a wedding last weekend and only go to her grandma’s every other year, so this year we didn’t spend Christmas with them formally, but we went to my parents on Christmas Eve. One thing I got that I’m really excited about is the Roku which has streaming TV channels. I’m looking into it as an alternative to cable so we’ll see how it works.
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    1. I could never take Benadryl at work! I would have fallen asleep. I also wouldn’t feel that safe driving :/.

      Nice! I have heard a lot about the Roku. I actually saw it in Target the other day – I didn’t realize they were being sold in stores. It does seem like a great alternative to cable.

  2. Sorry to hear your allegies were/are acting up. They stink. I got a lot of nice goodies frommy family and some friends. I’m staying with my family and we did a Christmas night service at midnight. We slept in a bit yesterday and did gifts before cleaning/starting Christmas dinner. We concluded by doing a marathon of Christmas movies and chatting. It was nice and a relaxing Christmas.
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    1. I always feel that way when it comes to Christmas. I guess it’s because there’s such anticipation and preparation that doesn’t really come with any other holiday. I did wake up rather groggy from my nap, but at least I stopped having sneezing fits. I hope your allergies get better soon!

  3. I’m glad you had a good Christmas, EM. Your dad is a really nice guy to stop and help someone, too!

    Like you, my time with family has gone too quickly and I worked every day this week except Christmas day. But I was able to work remotely from my mom’s house, so I still got to spend time with the fam. :)
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    1. He said it was his “nice deed for Christmas,” as the person eventually got stuck twice more and he just kept driving. There’s only so many times you can help someone who can’t really drive in the snow I guess…

      I’m glad you found time to spend with family despite working so much! One of the many benefits of being able to work from “home.”

  4. Aww, sounds like you had a fun Christmas (well, except the allergies). Glad you spent some quality time with family – and that everyone stuffed their faces with delicious treats! That’s what makes the holidays worth it in my book. :)
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    1. Haha, my family does tend to go a bit crazy on the dessert. I’m lucky if I have two things before I’m full, since we eat maybe an hour and a half after dinner.

  5. Sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well, bf has horrible allergies so I know all about how they can really ruin a perfectly good day. Bf and I went up to my parent’s house in Maine for Christmas. Unfortunately we got there about 12 hours before a horrible ice storm that knocked out our power for 4 days. It was sort of a nightmare of a trip, but I am glad we got to see my grandparents, if only for a short time.
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  6. Awww, sorry about your allergies – my BF seems allergic to his parents place – either the cat or the trees, we’re not sure. But then it turned into something else, which I now have. Oh the joy!

    Anyhow, I’m glad you got all that time with your mother and father! And what a haul you ended up with. My Christmas was much less present orientated this year, and I have to say I liked it! The BF’s family don’t really do gifts, but my mother gave me three little things. The gift my brother sent me seems to have been stolen from the mailbox, such is life. It was a calendar.

    Wow I’m so jealous of all that food! We got a dessert in the evening time, which was cream puffs with this caramelly/marshmellow sauce. Yummy, and in a way, good to have a long time after the turkey. Actually, I’m also pleased I didn’t feel stuffed this Christmas, at least not on the day (I did at a work lunch Christmas thing though!)
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    1. Allergies can be so awful. I really should get tested; I know I have environmental allergies, but it’s possible something else is now a trigger.

      I had a present not make it to someone before. I’m really wary about sending important things via mail :/. I don’t mind non-present oriented Christmases that much. I’d rather buy a few really nice/big items for people and receive the same.

      Those cream puffs sound good! I made sure not to stuff myself as well. It’s just not a good feeling afterward at all. Glad you had a fun Christmas!

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