Christmas Number One

Kevin had to work the week of Christmas this year, so we planned to stay here in Louisville together and celebrate with our families the weekends after Christmas. It was my first Christmas away from family and I definitely thought it would be harder than it was, but Kevin and I were excited to start our very own new traditions.

While Kevin was at work on Christmas Eve, I knocked out six miles. Woo! I hurried home to shower and change so we could get to church on time.

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After church, we headed home and cracked open a special bottle of wine. We picked up this bottle when we visited Biltmore Estate on our one-year anniversary trip to Asheville. It was our favorite wine when we tasted nearly all 20 varieties and we were waiting for a special occasion to open it. Christmas seemed special enough!

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Since it was just the two of us for Christmas Eve, we decided we wanted to start a new tradition of cooking a fancy meal together. Filet mignon with a red wine sauce, asparagus and garlic red mashed potatoes it was! So good. I’m still thinking about those potatoes. Don’t worry, I’ll post the recipe soon!

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We didn’t exchange big gifts this year because we just purchased an iPad for ourselves and considered that our gift. So instead, we exchanged stockings! We opened those on Christmas Eve after dinner, and let Gracie open her gifts.

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She got a new squirrel and she’s obsessed. Olaf is old news.

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My stocking had Funyuns (my favorite so-bad-for-you snack), some candy and a six-pack of IPA. He knows me so well. 😉

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And I put a bunch of craft beers from all over the world in his stocking.

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My parents were so cute and left a couple of gifts for us to open when they were in town for Thanksgiving. We opened El Torazo gift cards (our favorite!), a fire pit for our backyard and our very own horse game! My dad made it himself and we love it.

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After dinner and presents, the three of us snuggled up and watched It’s a Wonderful Life…our favorite Christmas movie of all.

Kevin had to work on Christmas day, so I made a breakfast casserole and brought in to his work for him and his coworkers to enjoy. I watched a few Christmas movies waiting for him to get off work, and once he got home, we got started on Excellent Dinner Number Two…a Bladdick Family tradition of chicken wings! I don’t know why, but my dad normally makes chicken wings on Christmas night and we were happy to continue that tradition ourselves.

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Even though we weren’t with our families on Christmas this year, we had a wonderful time with just our little family of three. Christmas Number One down…two to go!

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