Christmas in Jacksonville

We enjoyed a very Merry Christmas with my family in Jacksonville yesterday.

Ryan and I woke up before everyone else and celebrated our own little Christmas before the smells of breakfast caused my family to stir.

Christmas Stockings

I had to laugh when I began unwrapping the gifts Ryan stuffed in my stocking. My stocking was filled to the brim with gum.


I am an avid gum-chewer, so this was right up my alley. My husband knows me so well!


I loved our quiet Christmas exchange before the hustle and bustle of the day began and I loved the gifts Ryan gave to me, especially a Blue Apron gift certificate, a new purse (in solid brown) and a cooking class date night in Ocala. We are a big fan of giving each other “experiences,” and I know we’ll have a blast on our date night!


Once we were done exchanging gifts, breakfast was ready and we gathered around the table with my family to eat and open our stockings.




Oh monkey bread, you are so delicious.

This year was a special year for my sister’s fiancé since he officially got a family stocking with his name on it.


My mom made the stockings my sister and I use by hand when we were born and Ryan got one when he joined our family a few years ago. If the stockings symbolize anything, Ross can officially feel like a member of the family now!


With our stockings emptied and food in our bellies, we moved into the living room to open gifts.

Even the dogs received a few presents and Sadie seemed excited about her stretched out pig toy!


Can’t you tell?


We tried to prolong the gift-giving as long as possible and spent most of the day lounging around in our pajamas.


Leslie seemed pretty excited about the Tuna Melts My Heart calendar I gave to her.


She is just as obsessed with that hilarious dog as I am! His overbite cracks us up and we send each other screen shots of Tuna from time to time to make each other laugh. 

In the early afternoon, we were all in the mood to get outside, so we bundled up (Florida-style) and took Sadie and Kona on a walk.

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I love getting outside on Christmas because it’s always so quiet. We walked for a little less than an hour and the dogs had a blast sniffing every single blade of grass and mailbox we passed.

Once we arrived home, we spent some time hanging out before it was time to put the finishing touches on our Christmas dinner. We did a small-scale Thanksgiving dinner complete with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, pumpkin pie and more. I went to bed feeling very full and very lucky.

It was a great Christmas!

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  1. says

    Merry Christmas!! What fun holiday celebrations. I got that exact same purse in black! I love it but I want a purse with handles I can wear on my shoulder easily and not around my elbows so I’m exchanging it for a similar one.


  2. says

    I love that your mom gets you and your sister matching pajamas. My mom still does that, too. I’m 28 and my sister is 29. Most of our clothing presents were the same, except for color. She even got us PJ’s for our upcoming cruise that are exactly the same. She’ll be in our cabin, so I’m wondering if she got a matching set for herself, as well.

    Gotta love funny family traditions. <3


  3. Katie says

    I love the matching Pjs! Looks like your christmas was nice & relaxing! Just wondering what camera you used to capture these photos…. They are so crisp!


  4. says

    I love that you and your sis have matching pjs 🙂 And to just go overboard with my cheesiness today (I blame pregnancy hormones), seeing the relationship between you and your sis make me excited to being having another little girl. I hope she and Hailey will have a similar relationship!
    Merry Christmas!


  5. Meagan says

    What did you give Ryan for Christmas? / What are you giving him this year?! I’m racking my brain trying to figure out something besides clothes to give my boyfriend! haha


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