December 23, 2016

Weekend Plans...It's Christmas!

Well, my friends, it's here! The presents are bought and wrapped, the cards are mailed, the menu planned, and the cookies baked. All that is left is to sit back, pour a cup of whatever makes you happy, put on the Christmas music, and relax by the twinkling lights of the tree.

Friday night we plan on doing just that. Plus ordering in pizza. And playing a few Christmas games. I am committed to a relaxing family evening. It all passes so quickly!

Saturday is Christmas Eve! We are going to celebrate by having a festive breakfast of homemade...not by me...cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, coffee and tea. Then we are having our annual family gift exchange! After that we will start preparing our Christmas Eve meal...Steve is preparing marinated pork loin...Peyton will make green bean casserole...Rhett is doing the mashed potatoes...Madison the sweet potatoes...Nicolas is making coleslaw...and Flynn and I are in charge of setting the table. Yay me! Dinner will be early afternoon, followed by Christmas Eve of my favorite Masses of the year. After that, we will dust our lawn with our homemade reindeer food, change into our Christmas jammies, have our dessert, read The Night Before Christmas, hang our stockings, and head to sleep with dreams of Santa and Rudolph in our heads.

Sunday is Christmas Day! Our plans include presents, stockings, food, games, naps, and more food! My mom is planning on joining us for dinner...Lasagna and garlic toast...followed by cheesecake for dessert. I am hoping for some beautiful snow to round out the day, but the weatherman isn't making any promises. In any case, we hope to have a festive Christmas Day. And that is my hope for you as well. : )

The past week has been full of Christmas fun. Here is a little peek...

I have a few new Christmas touches around the house...
This darling vintage jar came all the way from Denmark with my dear Madison...
These new tea towels were a gift from my sweet friend...
And this beautiful gift came as a surprise from a faraway friend. : )
The reindeer sign I added to the mantel...
And the one I placed on the hearth were both gifts to myself!
Because I think we should treat ourselves sometimes, too.
I found them on Etsy.  : )
This beautiful plant was a gift from Steve's employees.
They gave it to me at our Christmas party.
I was so touched.
We ate some yummy Christmas themed breakfasts too.
My favorite French Toast...
And some chocolate chip muffins. : )
Flynn and I enjoyed some afternoon coffee and cocoa...
And then she and Daddy went on a shopping date...
And she was soooo excited. : )
Finally, Madison and Flynn continued their special tradition of decorating a gingerbread house together.
Just the two of them.
My firstborn and my baby.
Christmastime is love.
Don't you think?


Merry Christmas, my dear friends!
Enjoy every moment with the ones you love!


  1. Yes- Christmas time is love.
    Your home is lovely and ready for the season and your special food items and family events sound wonderful.
    Merry Christmas!

    White Spray Paint

  2. Thank you sweet friend for having such a inviting home and a beautiful blog to visit. A very hearty Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Here, Christmas Eve is reserved for pizza, it has been our tradition for nearly 28 years now, no need to break it, wink. Christmas Day is also lasagna. Have a beautiful looks like snow for the New Year Eve's week, friend.

  3. Merry Christmas, Billie Joe!!! It sounds like you have a wonderful weekend planned with lots of family and food and fun! Enjoy!

  4. Merry Christmas Billie Jo! Enjoy every single second :)

  5. Oh yes, Billie Jo, Christmas is when love came down to us! I love every celebratory moment you have shared. What a wonderful time of family traditions and fun! I wish you great joy as you celebrate the birthday of the King! ♥

  6. What wonderful plans! Tomorrow is cooking, ring the bell, wrapping, Christmas movie, snacky Christmas eve followed by Christmas Eve service at church at 10 p.m..
    Happy Christmas friend!

  7. Sounds like you have a wonderful Christmas all planned out! I know you will all enjoy this weekend. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! P.S. We all enjoyed your Christmas card. Mine to you was late getting out because I realized that somewhere I had lost the last sheet of my Christmas Card list - so embarrassing. Had to hurry up and mail all those cards to dear friends I had inadvertently missed. Hope ours got to you in time. Have a wonderful holiday!

  8. It sounds like you will have a lovely Christmas. God bless you and your sweet family. Merry Christmas. Juli

  9. Wishing you and yours a very merry and blessed Christmas!!

  10. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family, Billie Jo!

  11. Merry Christmas to you dearest Billie Jo!! And to all of your beautiful family too. Wishing you many blessings over this holiday and in to the New Year. xoxo


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Billie Jo