It was a jolly holiday indeed for the Fagan and Bream families!
We had a blast and I thoroughly enjoyed lots of family time, food, fun and relaxation. We just arrived back in Ocala around 5:30 this evening and it looks like I have some catching up to do on the blog front since I fell off the face of the blogging earth.
Let’s recap in warp speed, shall we?
Christmas Eve with my family was spent around the house doing some last minute present wrapping, baking and food preparations for the Christmas dinner we hosted the following day.
Of course we attended church and celebrated the reason for the season!
After church, we came home to a seafood feast that included crab legs and crab cakes.
And wine garnished with raspberries!
I obviously took advantage of the crab legs.
At around 9 p.m. we headed out on my parents’ fully-decorated boat to meander up and down the canals blasting Christmas music.
Sadie even wore a red and green light-up necklace. She’s a festive little thing!
Once the evening boat ride was over, we were all pretty pooped and headed to bed to make sure we had energy for Christmas Day festivities.
Merry Christmas morning!
We got up around 7 a.m. and Ryan and I took some private time to exchange our gifts before everyone else was up and about.
After we opened our presents and stockings to each other, my family was awake and ready for breakfast, so we joined them at the table and dug into our stockings from Santa while eating monkey bread and cheese puff casserole.
Then it was time for presents!
I love watching my family open their gifts!
Sadie gave my dad a mug with her face on it because she’s oh-so-modest. My dad is a big tea-drinker, so she wanted to be with him every day first thing in the morning.
After all of our presents were opened, it was time to get dressed and continue the prep work for our special Christmas feast!
Ryan’s family and our friend/Leslie’s boyfriend Ross (and his adorable dog Kona) joined us for Christmas dinner and our friends Daniel, Merri and Pete came after dinner to hang out and spend the night.
Dinner was delicious! My mom’s beef tenderloin stole the show.
I completely forgot to snap any more pictures, so I apologize for the lack of family/friend/dessert pictures, but the rest of the night was wonderful and filled with quality time with the people who mean the most to me. Such a lovely Christmas!
I hope you all had a very special weekend!