I’ve had one of the laziest days in a long-long time today, I guess it’s because of the stress release. I’ve been all wrapped up (pun intended) in Christmas preparations, making presents, cards and handmade gifts and now that it’s all done and over with, I feel really relaxed and filled with the joy of giving (receiving isn’t too bad either…).
We spent a delightful Christmas eve at H’s mom’s house, we listened to Christmas carols, ate great food and then, of course, we opened up all our presents after dinner. What we had for dinner? For the first course I made roast beef, a beetroot salad with goat cheese, filled eggs and ham rolls (classics)H’s mom made cognac-cured salmon and a fresh ruccola-based salad. The main course was a beautiful carré d’agneau with oven-baked potatoes, roasted cherry tomatoes and a nice red wine sauce to top it all off. After opening our presents we enjoyed H’s mom’s delicious trifle for dessert. She always makes an extra portion and I always claim it with pride. Santa had been almost a little too generous this year so the heap of presents was almost taller than the tree… 🙂 Can’t complain though, the kid in me was crazy with excitement unwrapping all the stuff!
Then we went on to spend Christmas day in Tartu with H’s grandparents. We decided to bring some of the food so H’s grandmother could enjoy the company of her (great-grand)children rather than standing in front of the stove the whole entire day. My assignment was to make the huge pork roast and it turned out great! Once we were done eating all our delicious food and handed over all the truffles and presents we had made for the family, it was time to visit my grandparents and auntie Ethel. Again, time well spent, especially with auntie E. She hadn’t seen the ladybug for a while and baby was a bit confused at the beginning but when E grabbed her from her car seat and cuddled her, she calmed down as if she was thinking “well, if you’re THIS confident holding me, it must mean I know you!”. E gave us a box of bath-goodies, a beautiful photo album for the baby and a yummie Escada perfume for me. She had great news for us and we left filled with excitement and anticipation! I love when people I love have great things coming their way.
But without further ado: here come some pictures from our holiday season! Enjoy!Our beautiful tree – I went for a simple, plain white style of decor for the tree because it’s probably the last coordinated tree I’ll get before the kid takes over the upcoming years. Gorgeous, isn’t it? I love the birds 🙂 Finally done wrapping – some of the presents we gave our loved ones. Our cozy home all lit up with Christmas lights. We have another set, a strand of colorful disco-Christmas lights around our hallway mirror, but I forgot to take a picture. Making and sending off the cards – they didn’t reach their destinations in time for Christmas, but I hope they’ll bring joy nonetheless!
Ready to send off mommy’s present to Sweden – we gave her a woolen hat and mittens (with fluffs of rabbit fur), an album of baby’s first year and the handmade card.
Got everything we needed to make our Christmas dinner, a pork roast for Christmas lunch at H’s grandmas, two cakes, truffles etc. Was one looong shopping list!
All happy and Christmasy with our little themed outfits – not the best of pictures, but we were eager to start eating. Sorry!
The truffles I made for our loved ones – chili truffles, classic cognac truffles, white chocolate and peppermint-truffles and ones with domino-cookies (oreo’s). Turned out great!
The Face – baby loudly smacks her lips , grins and looks really proud when she’s eating. Here: eating the filling out of a ham roll, then finishes off the ham itself. Christmas dinner – a cook takes pride in a perfectly cooked lamb rack 🙂 A glimpse of how spoiled I am – H had remembered I mentioned these a while ago and told Santa… it’s official, H is the perfect man! I’ll show them to you later! “A huge colorful box that I can lean on when I need to stand up! How did they know this is what I’ve always wanted?!” Handmade sauna-soap with pine-eucalyptus oil, shea butter and sea salt on one side for peeling. A great easy-to-make present for loved ones 🙂 Truffles all boxed up and ready to be handed over. The cones contain roasted spiced almonds for the kids 🙂 Also handmade! Tonight’s snack table: how we eat Christmas leftovers in our family. Roast beef, cognac-cured salmon, a cream cheese spread (made from Philadelphia we had left over from the trufflemaking , herbs, peppers and garlic) …
I’ll show you what Santa brought for me and the family tomorrow! Let’s just say tomorrow is going to be like another Christmas Eve for our family, I’ll tell you why in our next post!
Until then, why don’t you tell me how your Christmas has been? I’m curious:
1) Do you send/receive Christmas cards? Do you make your own and do you appreciate handmade cards? 2.) What did you get for Christmas? Do you have a tradition of making presents in your family? 3) What’s on your Christmas dinner table? 4) Do you go to church for Christmas? If so, why?