I’ve been on a self-imposed Christmas hiatus over the past week or so. Even with my hopes for a simpler holiday this year, I was still getting myself stressed as I tried to juggle all of my last-minute shopping/wrapping/baking/cleaning. Something had to give, and that something was blogging. Now that the holiday rush is over, I’m hoping to be better about posting regularly again.
The week leading up to Christmas was filled with baking, cooking, and last-minute crafting. I made Indoors S’mores, Rocky Road Bars, and Beth‘s Ritz Cracker Thin Mints (so very good!), which were packed together in tins to share as gifts. I’ll have to type up and share the S’Mores & Rocky Road recipes at some point. They’re both easy — and incredibly tasty — recipes. (Edited 12/31/09 to add link to the Indoor S’mores recipe here)
I shopped. I wrapped. I cooked. I stressed.
And then finally, finally, we celebrated.
We opened gifts with my extended family on Christmas Eve.
Even though I wasn’t able to avoid as much of the holiday stress as I had hoped to, this Christmas was still incredibly memorable. We hosted my in-laws on Christmas day, and my family the day after. I cooked a turkey dinner — with all the side dishes — and didn’t destroy the turkey, like I was half-convinced I would. (Yes…I even had a few dreams in the days leading up to Christmas, in which the turkey went up in a puff of smoke when it was carved, Griswold-style).