Holiday Aftermath ~ Theme Thursday

I love the Theme Thursday today – Holiday Aftermath. After the past few days of trying to put our little house and family back together since coming home –  the term aftermath seems especially appropriate.

But, as I was searching for a photo, I was feeling a little overwhelmed by the folders upon folders of photos and stories that I have wanted to post and have just not been able to get to.

And I can’t really do the aftermath, without showing all the fun that led up to our Christmas, so I figure if I just throw ’em all up here and do a little Christmas recap – maybe I can get over it all and safely tuck Christmas 2008 away.

So we found out that decorating gingerbread houses is much more fun than eating it. Either we all don’t really care for gingerbread that much, or the kit that I actually bought last year wasn’t really that good – one year later. At any rate, we did get one built this year…

Artists at work

We also continued the tradition of our Nutcracker date. This year Addie and Daddy joined us as well.

Nutcracker date

Emma was riveted, all eyes on the stage, as she is every year. Addie was interested for the first act, but she kind of fizzled by the second half. And Daddy, it turns out, was doing a little reading up on the Nutcracker story on his iPhone. I thought that he was checking his email – lucky for him he just was trying to figure out the storyline.

Monkeys on a wall

And of course both girls had to have a Clara tiara before we left. Two little Sugarplums in the making…

Two little sugarplum fairies

We did two trees again this year. We have these two giant windows, one in the living room and one in the dining room – both facing different streets. And we have a fake tree, but I looove having a real tree as well. So we had two. This one is the real tree with all the handmade ornaments, including a few antique ones, like the one I created in preschool!

O Christmas Tree

Elfie landed on the fake tree one morning. And if you didn’t do Elf on the Shelf this year, Go. Buy. It. Now! It is genius. I only wish he could stick around all year long to keep his watchful (albeit a little creepy!) eye on the girls.


Christmas Eve was the culmination of all of Em’s hard work. Lots of long practices and rehearsals, but she made her angelic debut and did beautifully! The Christmas Eve pageant at the church was really pretty cool and it was fun to see it all come together.

Waiting in the wings

Then we hurried home to prepare for Santa. Emma was ready to go to bed the minute we got home from 4pm mass, so it was barely 6pm! But they stuck it out through a quick dinner and bath. Hung their stockings and put out some milk and cookies for Santa. Oops…Santa probably abides by the 5 second rule, right? Do you think Elfie will tell Santa that his cookie slid off of the plate and onto the floor?

Oops...think Santa will notice?

After the munchkins were in bed…we wrapped our fool heads off and assembled toys sat and watched the fire and waited for Santa to visit…

Christmas Eve vigil

He came. And left behind a few goodies. This was only half of the living room the next morning…


A favorite of Em’s – the Nutcracker pop-up book….

Then Nutcracker book

And a favorite of Ad’s – her very own Trunki. Which she used the next day on our trip to Michigan…


And Santa brought Barbies and strollers and kitties too – but nothing compared to what Nena, Bill and Uncle Jeff got the girls…

New jeep

I have some pretty funny video of the Barbie Jeep unveiling. I’ll have to upload it. Proof that neither of them will get keys to a real vehicle for many, MANY years!

I could continue…but I think I’ll stop here. The first of our four Christmases. We had about three others while we were home in Michigan and a few dozen more photos to accompany them. But for now I really need to go finish tending to the aftermath.  And packing up a few boxes of Christmas decorations.


11 Responses to “Holiday Aftermath ~ Theme Thursday”

  1. 1 MelodyA. January 8, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Crap. Is it Thursday already?

    Love the pic of the cookie landing on the floor and love that you had your camera to get it. Looks like it was a fantastic holiday for you guys.

  2. 2 ksmcnulty January 8, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Sounds like lots of December fun. Can’t wait to catch up.

  3. 3 megan January 8, 2009 at 8:02 am

    fun, fun! looks like a great holiday season for all!

  4. 4 arizaphale January 8, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    All these winter shots of glowing fires and sparkling trees and candles *sigh*, that is how Christmas should be. Eight years in the UK means I am no longer satisfied with summer Christmases.
    I would love to see a shot of your handmade preschool ornament. I’ve got one too!!! Perhaps next year we should do an ‘oldest ornament on my tree’ theme for Crafty Tuesday?
    LOVED that daddy was checkin’ the plot on his iphone hahahahahahaha

  5. 5 killlashandra January 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Wonderful pictures. I love that one of the girls by the fountain. Great shot. I’m glad they both like the Nutcracker. I haven’t seen a version in years unfortunately. Looks like a great Christmas too. And I bet the Barbie car was a hit. 🙂

  6. 6 Michelle January 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Aww…they look beautiful in their little crowns!

  7. 7 thelandofka January 8, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Wonderful shots and love that Nutcracker tradition. The girls are sooo cute in their tiaras. We need to do that, too, since I know the fine arts high school downtown has a ballet group that does it. Oh, and the Barbie Jeep…wow, the girls got a bit spoiled this year didn’t they? I would have loved one of those growing up, but I don’t think they made them then. 🙂

  8. 8 Maggie January 8, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    It looks like so much fun at your house! Perhaps you want to adopt me too? I could sit still through the entire Nutcracker…probably….

    I think that my favorite shot is the one of Ad dropping the cookie on the floor — that’s priceless!

  9. 9 Christina January 9, 2009 at 9:41 am

    What a Christmas! So much fun I don’t even know where to start. 🙂 We were a bit surprised by just how awful the kit gingerbread tastes, too. I think I will see about taking Nadia to the Nutcracker next year – N was suddenly become obsessed with ballet, and we actually know a pro ballerina! I think my very favorite photo is Em’s face with her christmas haul spread out all around her. Oh wait, or maybe it’s Ad dropping Santa’s cookie!

  10. 10 Maya January 13, 2009 at 7:39 am

    What a fun Christmas! I love those Trunkis! I just saw that the other day and thought it was the coolest!

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