Sunday, January 1, 2017

Christmas Day (and Happy New Year!)

Today is the first day of the New Year!  Happy 2017, everyone!  I always have mixed feelings on New Year's Day..a little sad to say goodbye to 2016, but also excited for what the new year may bring.  In reality, it's just "the next day" so it's kind of funny how we make it more than what it really is.

Before I do my doll collecting goals post for the new year, I wanted to share a few photos of our Christmas Eve and day.


Little Button was Mary in her preschool Christmas pageant and it was the sweetest, cutest thing I have seen in ages!  All the little kids were so adorable in their costumes!

 Like mother like daughter

The girls each got camera's as their traditional Christmas Eve gift and were happily snapping photos of everyone that came over that night. Those mini Polaroid camera's are really cool!



We had a small crowd gathered at our house on Christmas Eve and we sat around the table eating many different snacks and drinking mulled wine, cider. and Baileys.  It was such a nice and relaxing evening.


I am always the last person awake on Christmas Eve and above is my traditional "house is quiet after Santa came" photo.  My sister and brother-in-law spent the night so all of their gifts and our family gifts were under the tree as well.


One of our traditions each year is that Santa puts Baby Jesus in the manger to signify his birth so we wake up on Christmas morning to find him there.  We had 2 mangers this year...this cute little Playmobil one for the kids to play with and then my other one that's been in my family since I was little.  :-) 


The girls both got Hatchimals this year, and luckily they have a "doll and toy savvy mom" (haha) that knew about these prior to "the craze!"  I bought mine the day they came out and I was so shocked to see what limited quantities they ended up having and how much people had to spend on eBay.  They definitely were NOT worth the crazy prices!  Neither of ours hatched correctly so they both had to have emergency C-sections (lol) to be released from their eggs.  Luckily, they like them MORE now that they are out of the eggs since the hatching phase was a big old FAIL!


Later that day we went to my Mom and step-dad's house for Christmas dinner. She always has the prettiest decorations and their log cabin is so very, very cozy at Christmastime!






So Christmas has come and gone.  It was a wonderful time, but I'm not going to lie..I usually like the day after Christmas so much more because we can sit home and relax and still enjoy the season.
I'll post a quick post of some of the dolls I got this year as well as a some collector goals for the future very soon!

I hope you all had a wonderful New Years Eve last night and a great celebration today of the new year to come.

Happy 2017!
xo Farrah 

18 comments:

  1. Happy New Year! What gorgeous trees and decorations you have! This year we managed to put up a little tabletop pre-lit Christmas tree, and that was it. I'm glad that your girls had a nice Christmas, and I'll be interested to see what your goals are for the new year.

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  2. All the decorations look wonderful. I'm such a bah humbug I don't have a single Christmas decoration up - makes taking them down easier though, lol. ^_^

    A prosperous and healthy new year to you!

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    1. Thanks, Muff, you too! Haha, yeah, I am dreading to take down the tree and decorations..it's going to take me all day!

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  3. HAPPY,HEALTHY and a BLESSED 2017. Love your pictures. Thanks for sharing your Christmas.
    Marion

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    1. Thank you so much, Marion and to you as well!

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  4. Enjoyed this post. The girls are lovely. Have a blessed 2017.
    Marilyn

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    1. Thank you, Marilyn..I'm so glad you enjoyed the post! Hoping 2017 is a blessed and happy new year for you as well. :)

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  5. Happy New Year!

    Your tree is gorgeous, and I love that Playmobil nativity set. :)

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    1. Thanks, jSarie!! Oh boy, I know, I am getting sucked into Playmobil...not too bad, but those figures are so cute and fun to stuff in your pocket for outside photos. :) :) There are some really cute Playmobil accounts I love on Instagram!

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  6. Lovely photos! I got a chuckle out of the Hatchimals C-section! I imagine there were some mighty unhappy people over those toys.

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    1. Thanks, Flo! Yeah, I heard there were a lot of complaints over these little Hatchimals, and they were quite disappointing to people who paid a lot of money for them. Same situation with that $300 Hello Dreamhouse for Barbie. I just don't trust electronics! Especially all of this new technology. Kids don't need it. :)

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  7. It looks and sounds as though you had a lovely Christmas. Hope you have a very happy New Year.

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    1. Thank you, Carricters, it was truly a nice holiday season for us. Happy New Year to you as well!

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  8. Another bunch of absolutely gorgeous photos Farrah. I laughed at the 'c' sections!! Thank goodness you were able to sort that out!
    I hope 2017 is an excellent year for you and brings you all that you would wish for yourself and your lovely family.
    Big hugs Sharon in Spain xxx

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    1. Thank you, Sharon! Glad you got a good giggle out of that one, haha. Happy New Year and best wishes for you and your family this year! :) xo

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  9. What a beautiful Mary your daughter made Farrah, she looks gorgeous! Love your Christmas tree, so traditional it brought back memories of my childhood...thank you!
    Hope you and yours have a safe and prosperous new year, I look forward to spending more time reading your blog this year.
    Big hugs,
    X

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    1. THank you, X! I'm glad you liked the tree! We both love that old fashioned tree style with the colored lights and tinsel so I'm glad you enjoyed it, too. :) I hope your new year is wonderful as well and thank you for your wonderful comment!
      xo

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