Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

I had a great Christmas with my family celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.  In honor of the wise men giving gifts, I truly love giving and being able to watch my loved ones open their gifts! Like most families do, every year Jon and I choose organizations to donate to. Last year we chose Baltimore Bully Crew and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; we also sent items to BARCS and the MDSPCA. This year we chose Baltimore Bully Crew and Rescue Well; we sent items to BARCS and the Karis Home. There are so many deserving organizations and I truly wish that I could give to them all. I also wish that I could watch each organization receive the gift from us just like I get to watch my family... that is what I love most about Christmas.

"to give up one's very self — to think only of others — how to bring the greatest happiness to others — that is the true meaning of Christmas"

On Christmas Eve I made cucumber sandwiches and Baltimore-style deviled eggs (recipe post coming soon) and headed over to my parents house for some family time. We played games, ate, and had a great time! Then I gathered around my Christmas tree with my fur babies in my "Christmas jammies" lol

On Christmas day I spent a few hours at my grandparents house with my cousins, aunt, and uncle before heading back over to my parents house for dinner.  My family was so generous just as they are every year and they gave me the most amazing gifts. Thank you!

You might be able to tell from the pictures that Jon wasn't with us. Unfortunately he was scheduled to work both on Christmas Eve and Christmas. So I made him breakfast Christmas morning and sent him off. He's so hardworking and I'm thankful for that but we missed him a lot... tomorrow him and I are headed to NYC for the day since we didn't get to be together for the holiday :)

I pray that everyone had a happy holiday! What is your favorite part of Christmas? What are your favorite organizations to give to?

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