Growing up, we never were home for Christmas. We spent it in Milwaukee or Minnesota and often had our own little family celebration a week or two before the real Christmas. Even though it wasn’t on the actual day, I loved our tradition of having our own little Christmas, every single year. We always read The Polar Express, ate an amazing breakfast and had cookies with fresh orange and grapefruit segments for dessert before opening presents. Or we would have an amazing dinner and open presents by the lights of the tree.

This is also a tradition that the Taster and I have started. So this past weekend we celebrated Christmas a little early. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ll be married in less than 9 months (eek!) or if I’m just growing up, but I’ve been really wanting to decorate and get into the spirit more this year. The decorations are a little sparse this year, but I can assure you that next year, I’ll have a house (or apt) that looks like it belongs to Martha…or something like that.  My favorite is a nativity scene I picked up in Haiti. It reminds of my trips to Haiti every time I see it.

We also pretend we have a tree and put the presents under our Palm. It works. :)

It wouldn’t be a Christmas celebration without a good meal – for our little celebration we went the non-traditional route with an Asian-Southern fusion dinner. Delicious. I’ve heard my Mom is making scallop chowder and beef tenderloin this year…am I home yet?

Don’t forget Santa! Did you hear he’s a vegan now? He loved Mama Peas Snickerdoodle Dough Balls, but not as much as me so I only gave up a few! ;)

But the best part about Christmas is spending a relaxing morning or evening with the ones you love, and it never matters where that happens. (Taster and I with our ugly sweaters and cheesy engagement pose – hehe)

18 Comments (Reply )

  1. Brian
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    That picture is now my screen saver at work

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    • Taster
      Dec 21, 2010 @ 9:27 am

      I don’t know if I’ve ever taken a worse picture in my life…nice work, Em! …not sure I could be worse-looking.

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      • Emily
        Dec 21, 2010 @ 9:37 am

        Honey! It is supposed to be silly!! :)

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    • Emily
      Dec 21, 2010 @ 9:37 am

      Hehe.

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  2. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    Love that pic of you and the taster :) So cute!

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  3. Sarah Jayne
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 9:52 am

    ADORE that little nativity set! So great.

    We were a big fan of cheesy unflattering “engagement pics”, too :) I think I only shared one goofy one on my page…but there are a whole slew on my hard drive ;)

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    • Emily
      Dec 21, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

      They are the best, right? :) Hehe.

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  4. thehealthyapron
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 9:54 am

    MM I want to get some of that asparagus! looks like you both had a lovely time! How fun to start your own special tradition!

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  5. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 9:58 am

    The Nativity scene from Haiti is precious, and I LOVE the picture you and the taster! Y’all are too cute!

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  6. Lori@FakeFoodFree
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 11:49 am

    That nativity scene is awesome, so unique! I just talked to someone the other day who was also using a palm as their Christmas tree. Ha, ha! I’ve never seen a better cheesy pose.

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  7. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

    I LOVE that last pic. My friends and I always used to do awkward senior pictures poses lol. I also love the new pic on the sidebar with the hat-cute! When I try to wear those hats, I look like a homeless person.

    Annnnnd, you won my Chobani giveaway–congrats :) Please email me your shipping address so Chobani can you send you your pack of yogurt.

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    • Emily
      Dec 21, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

      Talk about an early Christmas!! That is so exciting!
      PS. Thank you for the compliments :)

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  8. Ashley @ the fit academic
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 9:23 pm

    Omg, those snickerdoodle dough balls look AMAZING! Like something from a food magazine!

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    • Emily
      Dec 21, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

      Um, they are. Someone please take them away from me!!!!

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  9. Melinda
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

    I Love the Palm tree idea- cute! And what a great picture of you both :D

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  10. mary beth hughes
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

    love your ideas and your photo. can’t wait to see the “real” engagement photo. :)

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  11. Tori
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

    AW! What a lovely couple!! You sure know how to celebrate! missed you both last week! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  12. Holly
    Dec 30, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    looks like a fab Christmas :)

    and i LOVE that Haiti nativity scene! that is right up my alley!!!

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