Christmas Eve here in Mexico is the more celebrated day of the two, where Christmas morning, most families lounge around & just enjoy a relaxed day. So on the eve, it is nothing of the sort, they throw a big family & friends celebration with lots of food, music, and fun, waiting until midnight to strike, in which they then launch a very crazy burst of fireworks & gun shots (scary!) & then the children finally get to open their gifts.
Also, during this Christmas season I attempted many projects to celebrate the season & decorate our humble home. This Christmas was our second, but extra special because we bought our first tree & wanted to put my finishing touches on it, so I made some ornaments using this salt dough recipe, but only had wheat flour, no paint nor cookie cutters on hand, so I used nail polish... they turned out a little more rustic than angelic. Some friends and I also attempted some cinnamon applesauce ornaments, but unfortunately that one was a total fail. And instead of buying stockings, I made some using some inexpensive material and an old white t-shirt, which by no means are perfection, but they got the job done. Also, for the first time I made some truffles for a Christmas gift, but made a healthier version of them switching-up ingredients & using wholesome ones instead.
For Christmas eve, I spent most of the day cooking as the husband & I hosted a dinner that turned out delicious despite guest cancellations & a very delayed dinner-- stuffed broccoli & mushroom garlic chicken, roasted carrots & beets w/ a citrus sauce, & scalloped potatoes. And of course, ended it perfectly with a movie, pumpkin pie & hot cocoa.
Christmas morning though is simply my favorite, early morning family gathering, nibbling on Christmas breakfast tradition, cinnamon rolls, diving into stockings & gift exchanging. Where the presents aren't what is important, but just the joy & cherished moments spent with loved ones just swells my heart full of love. Although we weren't surrounded by family this year, we made sure to skype them early which I am so grateful for technology/internet, it warmed my heart to see their smiling faces! I of course had to continue our tradition with cinnamon rolls paired with coffee, along with a nice relaxed morning spent with the hubby. And later spent the afternoon with a friend of mine's family friend for a delicious & very entertaining Christmas dinner with an incredible view. We enjoyed it so much & even had a funny little sock gift exchange that seriously ended the night perfectly with lots of laughs. We were so grateful for the invite & the pleasure of meeting new people.