December 26, 2012 - Better You, Easy Outfits, Style

Christmas Recap

I hope you and yours had a blessed Christmas.  My mind is still reeling that it’s over already but really, our family enjoys the week between Christmas and New Year’s just as much as the time leading up to it.  The best part is stepping out of our normal crazy rat race routine to spend some quality time together.

On Friday, hubby and I took the day off together to tie up loose ends and finish shopping.  We went to our daughter’s third grade party that morning.  It felt even more special to be able to be there with her on the Friday after the Sandy Hook tragedy.  So much to be thankful for this year.

Hubby and our youngest, Ava at her school.

Saturday was a fun girls’ day!  My daughters and I went to see The Nutcracker.  Afterward, hubby surprised us with a night at a hotel.  We enjoyed an evening of shopping, having dinner and swimming, before laying in bed, eating junk food and watching Christmas movies.  What a fun and special night.  We might have to make this a new tradition!

My girls Aubrey and Ava at the hotel.

On Sunday we had breakfast, then headed back home from the hotel.  That afternoon, we baked these cookies for Santa.  Afterward, we put on our jammies, grabbed some hot cocoa and made our annual drive to look at Christmas lights.

Monday, Christmas Eve, started out as a cleaning day, much to the kids’ dismay.  But they quickly cleaned their rooms and anxiously awaited the arrival of a very special guest, my niece Lauren who came home for Christmas from New Orleans. YAY!

Cousins!  My niece Lauren and daughter Aubrey.

We went to Christmas Eve services at our church home, Chase Oaks.  The service was very uplifting and moving.  After, we had our traditional Christmas Eve steak dinner.  When we got home, we lit a fire, played board games, tracked Santa on NORAD and watched “A Christmas Story” until bedtime.

Christmas morning, everyone’s wishes came true. SANTA CAME!

He brought me a new set of these wine glasses to replace the mostly broken set I got from IKEA years ago.  I’m sort of scared to use them.  At least I didn’t care when I broke the cheap ones from IKEA!

[Kate Spade Wine Glasses]

And I must’ve been a VERY good girl this year, because I got these too.  HAPPY DANCE!

[Frye “Melissa” Riding Boots]

We had our traditional monkey bread for breakfast.  I made a super easy version using refrigerated biscuits with this recipe HERE.  It was THE. BEST. EVER.

Then we hosted Christmas dinner at our house for my sisters and their families.  I’m the youngest of us three girls.  My sisters have always been and always will be my very best friends.  We laugh and have so much fun together.  I love them so much!

Me, my sister Andrea and my sister Heather (she didn’t get the “hand on hip” memo). 

Then to top it all off and make this the MOST perfect Christmas ever…WE GOT SNOW!  Yes, a white Christmas in Dallas.

I’m still in awe.

Our Christmas lights in the snow!

This Christmas couldn’t have been more perfect – family togetherness, great food, SNOW and loads of love and blessings.

I hope yours was filled with the same!

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22 Comments

  • Aww! Thanks for sharing the photos from your Chrismtas festivities. Your daughters are beautiful 🙂 The boots are sweet!!! Heather

    • PrettyOn

      Thanks so much Heather!

  • Yeah! You got the boots! So, you are going to have to convince me that I need to stop talking about them and actually buy them for myself! And your house looks BEAUTIFUL all lit up in the snow!

    • PrettyOn

      Yes, you NEED the boots. Just do it. 🙂 They are even prettier in person than I imagined.

  • It sounds like you had a fabulous Christmas! I missed not seeing the Nutcracker this year, is one of my favorite traditions! I love the wine glasses and I want to eat those cookies – and I have the same boots in the antique/distressed finish! They are my favorites! Merry Christmas!!!

  • Glad to hear you had a nice Christmas
    It was nice having both the sons home from school and we had a marvelous time together.
    Get to have them here for a few more days
    Brett

  • What a fab week you’ve had! Your house is gorgeous with all those lights in the snow, and all the gifts, festivities, etc…so much fun! Glad you had a great Christmas! =)
    Jenni
    http://www.foundinmycloset.blogspot.com

    • PrettyOn

      Thanks Jenni! I hope you’re enjoying yours too.

  • I don’t even know where to start – your girls look adorable! We also made monkey bread for Breakfast on christmas day and yes we also enjoyed the snow! Your house looks gorgeous!!!

  • Thanks so much for sharing your holiday festivities! It looks and sounds like a perfectly wonderful time!! Your girls are adorable, and your sisters too (I loved your comment about the hand on the hip!). Such a beautiful photo of your house lit-up with snow on the ground too! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  • This looks wonderful and how gorgeous does your house look!
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

  • you and your sisters are beautiful! and yay to snow!!!!

  • So so jealous of the fryes – they’re beautiful!

  • Oh…I adore those Frye boots. I’ve wanted them since I was a kid and my mom had a pair. Funny, she STILL has that pair. And won’t share!

    Enjoy the rest of the holidays!!!!

  • CC

    Merry Christmas, Alison! So glad y’all had a great one. 🙂 We got snow yesterday too! It has been several years since we had snow for Christmas. 🙂

  • Love those boots! The monkey bread looks amazing, I’m going to have to try that recipe.
    Tiffany
    http://www.fabulessinheels.com

  • Words can’t even describe my jealousy over your snow!! How awesome! 🙂 And I loooooove those boots – can’t wait to see how you rock them! 🙂
    xoxo,
    Nikki at http://www.bedazzlesafterdark.com

  • as always you look so beautiful, the boots are great and you are spending time together is the best. Thanks for being part of Wardrobe Weds this year :o)

  • What a wonderful Christmas! Love the boots!! Gorgeous! I know you will style them beautifully! We do monkey bread it, you just have to on Christmas!

  • What a beautiful Christmas you had. Your house looks gorgeous all lit up and snow dusted.

  • Alison! Your home in Christmas lights is beautiful!
    Gorgeousness runs in your family!
    Love them boots, btw! 🙂

  • It looks like you had the most perfect Christmas. Your husband is very sweet treating his girls like that to the hotel stay, it sounds like it was lovely! And how he treated you to the glasses and the boots too, both lovely.

    I really like your blog and am following you now 🙂

    Janine xx
    BakeGlueandTrend