Christmas Eve 2013

Good morning!

I hope all of you enjoyed a day away from the craziness of everyday life yesterday. For those celebrating Christmas, I hope your Christmas was fabulous and that you were able to spend time with loved ones.

Christmas Eve

Our Christmas Eve began on a positive note when my mom was released from the hospital earlier than we all anticipated. Her surgery went well and we were happy to have her home around lunchtime!


We spent most of Christmas Eve preparing a delicious dinner and running some last-minute errands to make sure we had everything in order for Christmas the following day.

Before dinner, my dad made margaritas by following a recipe he found that called for fresh cranberries, orange juice, mint and tequila.


They were delicious and much stronger than any of us anticipated!




While we sipped on our margaritas, we worked in the kitchen and put some final touches on our dinner.




This was my first time prepping beef tenderloin and it was much easier to prepare than I realized. For some reason, preparing certain kinds of meat intimidates me and beef tenderloin has always seemed really easy to mess up. Now I know I’d feel a lot more comfortable tackling it in the future!


I followed my mom’s recipe and let the beef sit overnight after I rubbed it with spices. Then, two hours before it went in the oven, we let the beef sit in a shallow mix of a cup of worcestershire sauce and two cups of water before we roasted it for 35 minutes. We served the beef with lobster my dad caught in the Keys a few months ago, green beans with almonds and mashed potatoes and gravy. It was a great meal!


After dinner, my mom shared her annual family Christmas poem with all of us. Every year, my mom writes a poem about the past year to share with our family on Christmas Eve. She is so talented and her poem always makes all of us laugh and reflect.


It was a highlight for sure!

Once the table was cleared and the dishes done, I took some time to place the presents Ryan and I brought for everyone under the tree. Since I was on the floor, Sadie took this to mean it was playtime!


I love that little rascal.

Before it was time for bed, we had one last Christmas Eve tradition to uphold and everyone opened a new pair of Christmas pajamas! We had to laugh when my mom gave my dad, Ryan and Ross festive boxers that came with ridiculous night caps.


My dad got Santa boxers while Ryan and Ross were his two elves! Ha!



They are quite the trio!


Once we opened our Christmas pajamas, it was time to slip into them and head off to bed!


It was a wonderful Christmas Eve and I’m so glad I could spend it with people I love so much.


P.S. I will be choosing the five winners of the Stitch Fix giveaway this afternoon!


  1. says

    Looks like you had a great Christmas eve. What a beautiful family. I love Christmas Pj’s. I think everyone should get festive jammies for Christmas. I’m so glad your mom is okay. That is the best gift you could get!


  2. Abby Sparrow says

    Wow, we had almost identical dinners!! We had beef tenderloin, garlic and herb mashed potatoes, and green beans with caramelized onions and almonds! It was. Fantastic meal to say the least.


  3. Kimberly says

    Sadie is cracking me up in the pictures with Ross! I love when my pup makes dog forts under blankets!! Glad your mom’s surgery went well… a true Christmas blessing!


  4. Kari says

    Glad your mom is doing well! Looks like you all had a great Christmas! If you don’t mind me asking, where did you get your white sweater with the black stripes from? It’s adorable!


  5. says

    Merry Christmas Julie! Looks like you and your loved ones had such a wonderful holiday :) and I CANNOT get enough of Sadie. Please tell me you tried to dress her up like Santa. i dressed Buddy, my golden retriever puppy, up in a Santa hat for about 2 seconds before he tried to eat it ;)


  6. says

    Oh my gosh, I love Sadie, she is too cute! Looks like y’all had a great Christmas eve :) Glad your mom got out of the hospital early, that’s always a nice surprise!


  7. Amy @ Run with Perseverance says

    That’s so cool that your mom writes a poem every year! What a great tradition, and I’m sure it means a lot to everyone each time.



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