A Very Merry Christmas Recap!

Aside from getting done-over by the National Rail /East Coast Train Line debacle on Saturday, otherwise known as Finsbury Park 2014, we had a really great Christmas. We spent the last few days in Scarborough relaxing, eating tons of delicious food, having a wide range of drinks from daiquiris to wines, and playing tons of quiz/board games. And trust me, this was a very competitive group of people and there were only minimal fallings out over all the games we played.

Sam and I were blown away by the fact that the nieces and nephew did not wake at the crack of dawn at Christmas as we expected, but waited until a totally reasonable 7:30 am to wake up. Kids these days, eh? It was also Sam’s birthday so I had more energy than Sam knew what to do with. I lay there in the morning willing everyone to wake up so that we could get the day going!

Although I did abhor the time difference to Albuquerque on Christmas Day- Β I felt like I had to wait forever for my family to wake up so that we could Skype. Darn that 7 hour time difference!

While I weigh significantly more now than I did only this time last week, it was all worth it!

me with macarons
I got to kick off Christmas a few days early with a lovely Laduree delivery sent to me by my favourite Aunt.

I wish I always had this many macarons on hand.

key chainon christmas morn
Christmas morning in embarrassing pjs and glasses, eagerly awaiting the day’s festivities to begin!
chair stack
A tiny chair from Sam’s new favourite game: chair stack.

sam and amanda 1sam and amanda 2Β Β  ornaments Β sam antlers
Everyone wears antlers at Christmas dinner. Tradition.

car race game
We had the best Christmas crackers ever this year: everyone had a racecar inside and immediately after dinner some very serious racing begin.

car race
Watching the car racing going on below!

How was your Christmas?

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  • Sounds like you had an amazing Christmas Amanda. And you’re right, every day should start with macarons, especially ones as good as those. I know what you mean about the time difference thing – with a sister is Australia and Rob’s brother in Texas, trying to do an all-round family Skype on Christmas day was nearly impossible, but we spoke to everyone in the end. Have a great new year!x

    • Thanks Chiara! Skype is amazing and I don’t know what I’d do without it! Timezones on the other hand, are the worst! I hope you had a really lovely Christmas and are preparing to have a great New Year! xxx

  • Looks like you had a great Christmas! That macaroon keychain is so cute, and I love the dress you wore for Christmas day! xxx

  • I’m glad you had a wonderful Christmas! It sounds like it was fun and relaxing- perfect!

  • Sounds lovely, Amanda! I love playing board games, but am probably the least competitive person you’ll ever meet, so probably wouldn’t fit in with your crew! πŸ™‚ A very happy 2015 to you and Sam!!

    • No, that means you’d be the perfect foil to all the other competitive souls. In fact, we desperately need someone like you to calm everyone else down! Thanks! A very happy New Year to you and your family as well! xxx

  • Sounds like a lovely Christmas! And I love your dress on the last picture πŸ˜‰ Happy New Year!

  • I. LOVE. MACARONS! And I’ve seen that keychain in, oh jeez, Fortnam and Mason is it? Something like that, and I fell in love with it – it’s so cute! Your holidays look like such fun πŸ˜€

  • Excellent Christmas day outfit! We also ha similarly near falling outs in the household over articulate… I think it’s just a staple part of Christmas?!

    • Sam has two brothers and both are highly competitive (as is he, and me, and his mother) so things nearly got ugly especially when charades came out…. ;D xx

  • Emily Ray

    Oh my gosh, that dress is incredible! <3 Your Christmas looks absolutely adorable – especially loving the reindeer antlers πŸ™‚

  • Looks like a wonderful day! And your aunt CLEARLY knows you or just happens to be one of the best gifters I’ve ever heard of. I also got a (Hot Wheels) race car for Christmas and have no idea what to do with it. Maybe races are in order πŸ˜‰

    • She is the absolutely best! Seriously!!! Yes for races. Sam’s mom won the ultimate prize, with Sam coming in a close second. His step-dad and I were tied for last ;D xx

  • Awwww, this is an adorable post! I love that green dress you’re wearing and man, those photos are just the cutest! Happy belated Christmas!

  • ana valentin

    Such. Beautiful family have a wonderful new years

  • I love your Christmas dress! Sounds like a wonderful Christmas!

  • Ashley Angle

    Your Christmas look so wonderful! Love your dress!
    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  • It looks like you had a wonderful time celebrating this year. I love the antlers tradition and your dress! x

  • Looks and sounds like a bloody great Christmas

  • Been caught up with family over the holiday but enjoying catching up on your posts. Such adorable pictures of you guys!! Happy New Year!! xx

    • Happy New Year to you too! I’ve loved all your instagrams with the family. Hope you’ve had an amazing time! xxx

  • amitygardens

    Y’all are adorable. Tiny chairs! Glasses! Pajamas! Macaroons!

  • Such a fun sounding Christmas/Sam’s birthday. I love christmas crackers and the little jokes in them. Everyone wears the crowns for dinner.

    • Crackers are the best. If we ever moved back Stateside, I’d insist on bringing that tradition with us! x

  • Amy @ the tide that left

    You guys look fantastic. Sounds like such a lovely Christmas. I love your Crimbo present too. Tasty!