William's First Christmas

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, filled with family and yummy foods. We had a wonderful holiday, although it was busy and slightly stressful getting everything ready. It was the best, starting our family's traditions and seeing William open presents and being his crazy self.

We started off our celebrating on Christmas Eve with a traditional lunch at my Grandma Penny's house. This year we started a new tradition of getting Chinese food for lunch...trust me, it's better than what we usually have. Then we opened presents and ate a delicious chocolate hazelnut mousse pie that I made (based off of

this

recipe from Shugary Sweets). Let me tell you folks, that pie was

amazing

. So good. After visiting with my grandparents we headed over to our church campus to set up for the Christmas Eve service. The kids stayed in the service which I think is a lot of fun. William was squirmy as usual but it was still fun. Anyway, here's a few more snapshots from Christmas Eve.

I love all of the vintage ornaments my grandma has on her tree. She passed some on to my mom who gave some to me when I got married but someday I'd love to have a whole tree dedicated to these beautiful, and mostly homemade ornaments.

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Christmas day with William was so much fun. We stayed home all day and our families came to us so I got to prepare lots of yummy food and it was nice that William got to nap in his crib in between visits. Despite being not even 6 months old yet, William did a fantastic job opening presents. We would open an end for him and he would immediately pull or shake it until all of the paper came off. He of course tried to eat it and I think he mostly liked the sounds to made, but for his age, he did a great job opening his gifts.

My grandma knits stockings for everyone in the family and William's is obviously the newest. I tried to get hm to hold it up for a photo but he made that face at me instead. 

My parents and brother came over around 10:30, after Seth, William, and I opened gifts and I made

cranberry orange French toast casserole

and

savory cheddar herb scones

for brunch and of course had a tray of cookies out to go along with. I also made an adorable hot chocolate bar, that not many people used unfortunately but it was cute. My dad's dad came over around 11 or so and visited for awhile and afterwards William laid down for a short nap before Seth's parents and brother came over. When they came over I made

charred brussels sprout, bacon, and tasted sesame seed guacamole

to go along with the brunch leftovers. I am quite pleased with how all of the foods that I made turned out. It was all so delicious and the recipes will be going into my recipe box.

I am beyond excited to try out the recipes in these cookbooks. If you don't read

Joy the Baker

, you are missing out on some awesome recipes and you should listen to the podcast that Joy does with her best friend Tracey, of

Shutterbean

.

I just love how beautiful this ornament is, it represents the first trip that Seth and I took together along with another couple and although it wasn't my all-time favorite vacation or anything, it is one of the prettiest ornaments I have ever picked out.

Jess

made this for me as a Christmas present last year! She's the sweetest.

This is the ornament I got to represent William's first Christmas. It's not traditional but it is seriously adorable, no?

My first Christmas ornament!

The following ornaments are vintage Wizard of Oz ornaments made by my grandma or great grandma. I just love them so I put them, along with a few others made by my great grandma, on a special garland draped over the doorframe that goes to the laundry room and basement.

We were so blessed this Christmas and of course, had a wonderful time celebrating the birth of Jesus. Without God sending his son to Earth to save us from our sins, life would not be as we know it today. I am so thankful that Jesus died on the cross for us, giving us the opportunity to live amazing lives for Him. He blessed us with this beautiful baby boy, who filled our Christmas holiday with so much joy.

This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. - John 3:16-18 msg
This post is full of lots of fun Christmas inspiration and baby gift ideas!