Friday, December 28, 2012

Our First Christmas Together.

Our first Christmas together was wonderful!  It was SO great to be together instead of 1200 miles apart for the holiday.  I do wish that we could spend some time during the holidays with Donny's family, but oh well...

On Christmas Eve, we went with my parents to the Moravian Lovefest at Old Salem.  I went with my family every year to the Lovefeast growing up, but we haven't been in several years.  So, it was a tradition that I wanted to start again with Donny.

After the Lovefeast, we came home and wrapped gifts, watched the Charlie Brown Christmas, I cooked/baked, and we spent some quality time together relaxing on the couch.

On Christmas morning, Donny and I got up and exchanged gifts at home.  One of my gifts was this Yankees shirt!  He also got me a lap desk from Brookstone, which has turned out to be maybe my most-used gift so far.  And also some diamond and sapphire earrings, a food processor, and more...  (Some of these were designated birthday gifts, but I can't remember now which was which.)  I got him a vintage Guinness ad from an Irish publication to hang in his "man cave," some books that he's been wanting, some legos, and tools.  It was a great morning between the two of us.

And then it was time to head to my parents house!  We had so much stuff to take over there-- presents for my family, a tv that I've been promising my mom, their air mattress, and all the Christmas treats I had made.  Our car was so full...

My mom always has the most beautiful Christmas tree!

At my parents' house, we always give the dogs their stockings/gifts first. 


After the excitement with the dogs, the humans open their stockings.  Then Christmas REALLY gets under way...

Donny and I saved one present for each other to open at my parents' house.  His was a miter saw...

And mine was these awesome Yankee snowflake pajamas!!  These babies have not left my body if I've been in the house (and I also may have worn them to get some sweet tea from the McDonald's drive-thru last night...).  I LOVE them so much!

Donny made this for my brother, who is somehow a huge One Direction fan.  Donny and I even autographed it for him.  :)

My parents got me a bunch of accessories to go with my new camera, including a remote control!  I was apparently very excited when I opened it...

From my parents, I also got the Hobo Lauren clutch I've been wanting FOREVER, a new monogram bracelet, and some makeup.  My brother got me a panoramic picture that he took from our wedding on canvas-- super cool.

After opening presents at my parents' house, we went to my grandma's house.  

My mom and I played paparazzi wars all day long.  :)

And of course, we couldn't forget my birthday!  

We spent some time there playing games with my family, which was a blast.  Then Donny and I went to see Les Miserables for my birthday.  It was great, and the music was INCREDIBLE.  

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas too!


  1. Aww, sounds like the perfect first Christmas as a married couple. I love all your gifts, especially the monogram bracelet and the hobo clutch?! I'm so jealous! :)

  2. That's awesome. Man he really loves you to get you all that Yankee stuff. Love the pictures! Love the bling!!

  3. Great gifts (except the Yankees stuff of course)! Still so jealous of your camera. Glad you had such a nice Christmas and birthday. I can't imagine being a Christmas bday girl!

  4. I love all of your pictures. The camera is awesome. And you got a lot of great gifts. How much fun that you were able to celebrate so many times with so many groups. I loved opening gifts on Christmas morning with Tim. Our first married Christmas is one that I will never forget.

  5. You two are the cutest- so happy you got to be together for the first time! I am loving that bracelet! Your family is so thoughtful!

  6. So glad you and Donny had a great first Christmas :). I also love all of your pictures!

  7. Looks like such a wonderful day. That bracelet is gorgeous.

  8. Glad you had a great Christmas. And happy birthday!

  9. Your first Christmas together looked lovely, and that tree is amazing. looks very fun and festive. Just blog hopping around today =)

  10. aw love it! looks like you had a great Christmas!