12.25.2013 Merry Christmas!

I hope that you all are having a wonderful holiday! I am so thankful to be with all my family to celebrate this year. We have so many family traditions and always have so much fun. Our normal game plan starts with last minute shopping and double checking our lists twice on Christmas Eve, and hitting the mall/stores the minute they open on the 24th (yes, we were at the mall and on the go at 6:45AM this year!).

Lucky for us, we were in and out of the mall in under an hour and a half (go team!) and we hit a local place called Black Bear Diner for some delish breakfast before heading home for naps. Unfortunately, Mommy had to go back to work (boo!) so us girls crashed while Daddy did some stuff around the house and went back out to some stores... We finished up the day watching movies on TV, wrapping presents, and putting everything under the tree before we went to sleep. Growing up, my mom was the boss at surprising us by waiting until we were all asleep for everything to be put under the tree. As we grew up obviously, we all leant more of a helping hand with wrapping and surprising.
Needless to say, we all got A LOT done on Christmas Eve, all while wearing our matching PJs, duh. This morning, we got up just before 9AM. Our Christmas morning starts with stockings, each of us have had the same stocking for as long as we can remember. Can you guess which one is mine? HA!

After stockings is breakfast, which is also the same every year. Mommy makes these TO-DIE-FOR Cappuccino Chip Muffins and Daddy makes the bacon. YUM!

Presents follow breakfast and we all take turns opening one thing at a time. 
So Daddy got Mommy probably the sweetest and most thoughtful gift EVER (above). This was the very last gift that she opened and each one represents a member of our family (my parents, myself, and my two sisters). Talk about a major Xmas-morning tear-jerker. ADORBS!

Presents are followed by a day of relaxing and once it starts to get dark, we have an amazing dinner and then the last tradition begins: TREASURE HUNT!

Now, my parents work hard to make this a ton of fun for everyone who happens to be over. The Treasure Hunt has existed for as long as I can even remember. Mommy (sometimes with Daddy's help) writes clues and riddles that generally lead us through various parts of the house and most of the time it's holiday themed. When we reach the end, we discover our very last present. Sometimes it's something we individually needed and other times it's a family vakay or large item for the house that we'll all enjoy. But, year after year, the Treasure Hunt has always been an awesome tradition for as long as I can remember. 

Do any of you have any family traditions? What are they!

I hope that you all had an amazing holiday! Travel safe!