We spent the weekend before Christmas out in the countryside south of Chicago with my husband’s family. A few days of cookie baking, laughter and family. We attended their church on Sunday morning and Mikey was allowed to be a stand-in shepherd in the Christmas play that the Sunday School put on for the adults. He enjoyed himself thoroughly! Later on Sunday my Father-In-Law took Mikey out onto their land to cut down a Christmas tree for the house. We all opened a few gifts together on Christmas eve and then made the trip back to Chicago later that evening.
Early on Christmas morning, Mikey climbed into bed with us and whispered softly in my ear, “I wonder if Santa has eaten his cookies?” We pulled ourselves from our warm beds to investigate. Santa had eaten the cookies, and had left a stocking full of gifts in their place.
A little while after gathering around the Christmas Tree to open gifts, I happened to glance out of the window and noticed that it had begun snowing.
It seemed just a little magical that our first significant snow in Chicago this year happened on Christmas day, we paused our gift opening to stand by our second floor apartment window to watch the fluffy snowflakes fall past and settle on the ground below.
After playing with Mikey and his new toys for most of the morning, plus just a little exploration in the snow, I began cooking our Christmas Dinner: Garlic Roasted Root Vegetables, cornbread stuffing and Roast Beef. We ate together in our cozy apartment, gift wrap and new toys strewn about the place.
On Boxing Day we spent time with friends and neighbours and made a delicious Beef Stew in the Slow Cooker from our Christmas leftovers, the wonderful smell quickly filling the apartment and making us hungry long before the food was ready to eat.
My husband has been off work and school all week, it has been wonderful having him around for such a long amount of time and we’ve been spending a lot of time together as a family this holiday.
I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a Happy New Year!
We’re planning on staying in this New Year’s Eve, as we have done many others, but we will likely be having our own tiny little celebration. It’s tempting to bundle up to go see some fireworks downtown, but the comfort of our own living room is equally as tempting!