Friday, December 27, 2013

christmas 2013

This year, my family and I had a relatively simple and relaxing Christmas. While getting dressed up And attending parties is fun, no doubt about it, there's something to be said about not having any plans and just relaxing at home. 

The weekend before Christmas, my family and I headed into the city to do some last minute shopping and just enjoy how beautiful Chicago is this time of year. This has become one of my family's favorite traditions and it certainly did not disappoint this year. We had some great meals and I enjoyed finally having some time off of work to spend with my parents and my sister.


I had to work on Christmas Eve, but I came home to a nice meal of peppercorn steak and sweet potatoes prepared by my sister...definitely not a traditional Christmas meal, but so, so yummy. Afterwards we finished wrapping gifts and then sat in front of the fire watching the Santa Clause trilogy. 


Christmas morning again was relaxing and simple. After waking up and opening gifts, we ate our standard Christmas morning pancakes and enjoyed mimosas before my dad got started cooking our traditional Christmas Day crown roast of pork, which is one of my favorite meals!


Usually on Christmas Day we head out to see a movie, sometimes with close family friends and sometimes on our own. This year we went solo as a family and saw American Hustle, which I enjoyed even if there were some parts where I had to pay close attention to be able to follow the story line. As everyone else seems to think, I thought Jennifer Lawrence was fantastic, and I always enjoy watching how flawlessly she is able to absorb a role and transform into any character. She really is a rare talent. 

Afterwards we were pretty exhausted, so we just put together a puzzle that Santa delivered and soaked up the last of the holiday. It was a great Christmas that didn't require a lot of effort, which, in my opinion, is truly the best kind! Hope you all had a fabulous holiday as well!

With Love,
Ellyse
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