Christmas 2015 — the Haul, the Party, the Post!

My favorite present this year was, technically, a gift to myself: a complete set of the Penguin Little Black Classics collection!

I hardly know where to begin — first of all, a belated Merry Christmas to you all! I hope you all had a happy holiday season, ate lots of sugary deliciousness, and got something you really, really wanted. (And more importantly, spent lots of time with people who mean something to you, and that you gave someone something that made them very happy.)

The Christmas Party

We had a fairly low-key Christmas, all things considered. My mom and I threw a party on Christmas Day, with my sister, grandparents, and aunt all in attendance. (Technically, I guess, my dad was a host, too, but he basically just sat outside with my sister’s puppy the whole day.)

I want to share some of the amazing food we had, because it all turned out EXACTLY the way I’d imagined it. (And I had been planning this party and this spread alllllll month. Gotta do something while you’re in bed, recovering from wisdom teeth yankage.)

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So this was the main snack spread — a vegetable tray with roasted red pepper hummus, a grape, cheese, and olive Christmas tree, Rice Krispie treats in stars and trees, Mexican Wedding Cakes, and a garlic and herb cheese tray (those brown crackers are gluten free pecan nut crackers, which I put out for myself but everyone really liked it.)

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We also had Christmas popcorn — You basically just melt butter and marshmallows together, throw in vanilla extract, spread it over the popcorn, and mix it all together, adding sprinkles, MnMs, pretzels, anything you’d like. It tastes a bit like Kettle Corn and is really delicious. I made a huge batch (which was slightly unfortunate, considering only ONE person took a cup … BUT THAT PERSON THOUGHT IT WAS AMAZING AND DELICIOUS.)

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A close up of the treat tray, with Mexican Wedding Cakes and Rice Krispie treats! I loved those Rice Krispies, they were so easy to make. (Again, no one ate any Rice Krispie treats except for me and my sister, but WE LOVED THEM.)

Side note: if you’re coming to someone’s Christmas party, on Christmas day, and you know they’re making tons of food … maybe don’t walk through the door announcing you’re on a diet and have no intention of eating anything??

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This was a Pinterest-inspirated creation that, to my honest surprise, actually turned out just the way I wanted it to. (Though someone did keep eating the celery tree trunk, so I kept having to take celery from the vegetable tray to replace it. Gotta keep the integrity of my decorations!)

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And we had a hot chocolate station!! I tried three different slow cooker hot chocolate recipes and didn’t really like any of the results, so I just made little packets of the dry ingredients based on the recipe on the Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder box (I love how that turns out) and we made individual cups for anyone who wanted one. (Which ended up being a great idea, because only my sister and I wanted any. IF MY SISTER HADN’T BEEN THERE, EATING AS MUCH AS I WAS, BASICALLY THIS PARTY WOULD’VE BEEN A BUST.) But anyway, we had whipped cream, caramel syrup, mini marshmallows, holiday chocolate chips, candy canes, chocolate pirouettes — the works.

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My aunt also brought cookies, so we definitely had a smorgasbord of food available. (Those ginger snaps were really good. AGAIN, MY SISTER AND I WERE THE ONLY ONES THAT ATE ANY.)

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I didn’t take many pictures of the dining table and dinner, which I should’ve. But we had a great tablescape, with garland around the French doors and silver ornaments hanging from the chandelier. For dinner we had salad, rolls, sweet potato casserole, Brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, and a prime rib roast with horseradish sauce and Au Jus. SO good.

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And here’s a quick shot of our Christmas tree!

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And our entry way was pretty cute, too. 🙂

The Haul

As for the Christmas Haul itself, I was basically gifted a library. Among the books I received: The Notorious RBG, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, The Golden Compass 20th Anniversary Edition, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Dragonfly, Slade House, Nausea, Titus Groan, In the Unlikely Event, For Esme With Love and Squalor. *heart eyes emoji*

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I also participated in The Broke and the Bookish’s Secret Santa exchange this year — not only did I love getting presents together for my giftee, but I was completely spoiled by my Santa. I signed up for the 2-3 book exchange, and got FIVE books. FIVE. I love it.

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The books I got: Ari and Dante (which I read but gave away my copy of), 2001: A Space Odyssey, East of Eden, The Secret History, and The Rest of Us Just Live HereI love how varied this selection is, you’ve got some classics, some scifi, some YA. This’ll keep me happy for a WHILE.

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That about closes the door on Christmas. I always get bummed out in the beginning of January — I don’t want to take down the tree or the Christmas lights. 😦 Why can’t it be socially acceptable to have Christmas decorations up all year long??

How was your Christmas? Did you participate in any Secret Santa exchanges, or throw a party, or overdose on hot chocolate and whipped cream like I did??? Leave a comment, let’s talk! 

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2 thoughts on “Christmas 2015 — the Haul, the Party, the Post!

  1. Pingback: #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks — My Only New Year’s Resolution | christina writes

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