Nathan and I had a great time celebrating Christmas with both sides of the family this year. One of the great parts of being married is that you get to celebrate twice (or sometimes three times!) for the holidays.

We kicked off the festivities with an early Christmas date night on Monday.

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I took Nathan to Brugge for dinner, which he hadn’t tried before. He loved it! They have great fries and good beer, so I knew it’d be a winning combination for our special dinner 🙂 We opened presents at home and enjoyed time just the two of us before all of the family fun later in the week.

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On Christmas Eve we drove to southern Indiana to spend a few days with my side of the family. My sister and brother-in-law from Houston were there for the week and my little brother from Nashville came too. We hadn’t all been together since our summer trip to Kiawah, so it was such a treat!

The kids!
The kids!

We did our usual Christmas Eve church service followed by dinner at the same spot (though a new restaurant now – Le Moo), then drove to look at lights in the Highlands.

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This house always wins.

Ali, Luke, Nathan and I stayed up playing Cards Against Humanity and I think I laughed more in one night than I did the whole month beforehand. Love time with my sibs!

Christmas Day was spent eating delicious food and opening gifts. What more could you ask for? We also roped the whole family into Cards Against Humanity that night. It was so fun! I seriously don’t think there are many people I could play that game with and enjoy it as much as I enjoyed it with the family. Needless to say, everyone’s sense of humor was on point!

The next day was pretty low key – except for this epic air hockey battle between me and Ted at the movie theater.

air hockeyWe went to see movies: Sisters for Mom, Ali and Me; Star Wars for Nathan and Luke; and the Big Short for Dad and Ted. Our timing worked out perfectly though so we could all meet up after and drive home for one last dinner together!

When Nathan and I got back to Indy on Sunday, we had a couple hours to unpack and clean up before heading over to his side’s for another evening of celebration. I wish I’d taken photos, but I guess I was too busy just soaking up the fun!

We had a great dinner of chicken taco soup (PERFECT for the dreary weather we’ve been having!) and apple pie a la mode for dessert. We each enjoyed opening more gifts and everyone was just so thoughtful this year.

It doesn’t get much better than spending time with loved ones to celebrate a special season like Christmas. I can’t believe it’s already over and that 2016 is now just a couple days away! As they say – time flies when you’re having fun 🙂 Here’s to ending 2015 on a great note…surrounded by the people we love most!

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