Christmas 2011

Posted by Amy O. , Wednesday, December 28, 2011 5:26 PM

Since we were home in California for all of December, we actually had a pretty stress-free and even enjoyable holiday month.  I made gingerbread men & tried my mom's Rocky Road recipe for the first time, which was a big hit.  As always, we did our shopping on Amazon.com and avoided stores at all costs.  Thanks to our friends the Snyders, who left us their tree when they moved away from Fuller, we had our first (though fake) Christmas tree and enjoyed decorating it together.  I even had time for some sewing, made us a pillow - and bought some new Christmas candle holders for us!

Gingerbread men in progress




We also enjoyed Christmas parties with our home group in La Verne, our Wednesday night group (Oasis) at our church, and Hope House.

 Oasis party


On Christmas Eve, we Skyped with the Gustafson clan who was gathered for the day at my mom's house. Technology: the second best thing to being there :-). It was fun to see everyone & watch each other open gifts, even if by screen and some audio difficulties. That night we were invited to our friends the Burns' home for a lovely turkey dinner & getting to know them better, and then we all went to the Christmas Eve service at our church.

On Christmas morning, Patrick & I opened gifts in Pasadena and made a big hugely caloric breakfast...

 Makin' bacon
 ...before heading up to the mountains to celebrate with Mom & Pop Oden and Jon.  We had an amazing afternoon meal at a restaurant in Lake Arrowhead.  This is Patrick donning the ascot I gave him, and enjoying his Jenga Ribs...
 ...and this was my beautiful meal, a scrumptious chicken dish with crab, asparagus, and hollandaise sauce!  Yummy!!



Then, back at the house, we opened gifts and played games and relaxed...and forgot to take pictures!  So only a few to share...
 


 A merry season indeed!

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