It’s our tradition to go out for a lovely dinner on Christmas Eve. Last year, we went to The Chart House in Weehawken, NJ and when we came home Gibran proposed. This year, we spent the evening celebrating with close friends at Chakra, in Paramus, an Indian fusion restaurant we’d been dying to try for months. We were joined by my best friend Twanna and her boyfriend James and my adopted little sister Tyrelle. We had so much to celebrate. We toasted to all the year’s triumphs: Our wedding, Twanna’s big promotion, my new job, and Tyrelle passing her nursing exam (that DAY!).
Gibran and I almost always exchange our gifts to each other on Christmas Eve night at midnight. This year, apparently I, Mrs. Claus, nailed it, because he was way too happy about his gifts. (As shown in these pictures of him opening them while I gawk over my new Xbox 360 Kinect games.)
On Christmas morning my family came over for our traditional Christmas breakfast – eggs, potatoes, and mimosas anyone? We decided to host it for the first time so I could have a chance to buy and use a little holiday tableware. (Remember what happened to Gibran and I when we tried to go shopping for holiday stuff at Target?) It was great to kick off the holiday with my Dad and my stepmother Judy. We chowed down and exchanged gifts. My dad loved his golf shoes, Judy freaked out about her Top Chef cookbook, and Gibran unwrapped what would soon become his latest Christmas sweater. My dad and Judy bought us a mini elliptical machine for the house so I’m pumped about continuing my weight loss process for the holiday!
The Dog had a great Christmas too. My dad got Karma one of those awesome Crazy Critters from the commercials and she went nuts over it. (She sleeps with it!) Plus, she got to play with Liam and wear her super cute holiday coat and sweater.
After spending the second half of the day with Gibran’s family and having a lovely dinner there, we spent more QT with Twanna and James and our godson Liam. As the wine flowed, the laughs just kept coming!
When the snowpocalypse hit the east coast yesterday we bundled up for some family fun before the snow became too deep for Karma to stand in. She lasted maybe 10 minutes but watching her eat snow really warmed me up. She’s such a cutie patootie!
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