Merry Christmas! Hope everyone has a wonderful day celebrating with loved ones. True to tradition we spend Christmas Eve with my mom’s side of the family in Fairfax, Virginia and then celebrate Christmas day in the morning with my mom and then spend the remainder of Christmas with my dad and stepmom in Herndon, Virginia (see recap of Christmas 2017) .
Christmas Eve is one of my favorite days of the year. All of my mom’s side of the family comes over to my mom’s house. My mom is 1 of 6 kids and almost all my aunts and uncles have kids so we’re a big, rambunctious group. When we were younger we went over to my grandmother’s house in Springfield, Virginia on Christmas Eve and all the cousins would open presents. Now that we’re all older (I’m the oldest cousin) we just spend time together and play games. It gets pretty competitive in this household, especially with my mother and one of her brother’s when they play Trivial Pursuit.
Then, on Christmas day we open presents with my mom and then head over to my dad and stepmom’s house in the afternoon. Luckily my mom and dad and stepmom only live about 20 minutes away from one another in Northern Virginia. I have 2 little nieces so they still open presents but the rest of us just relax and spend time with one another. On December 26 Jeremy and I fly home to Atlanta and then drive to visit my mother-in-law and step-father-in-law in Hilton Head, South Carolina.