A very merry Christmas

Hi everyone! Who else is suffering from those post-Christmas blues? I know I am! But at least I have a ton of leftover Christmas cookies to console me. Just kidding! I don’t think I could stand to so much as look at another cookie right now. I feel like the past 48 hours were full of non-stop eating!

Christmas tree

On Christmas Eve we went to my aunt and uncle’s house for a pre-Christmas dinner and board games, as per our tradition. She made us two delicious lasagnas (beef and vegetarian) along with bread and a salad with greens, beets, pomegranate seeds, and candied almonds – I’ll have to get the recipe from her because it was incredible!

Afterwards we snacked on fruit and an assortment of cookies while playing Apples to Apples and Taboo. Do you like our festive hats? My family are a bunch of kooks!

I had some chocolate plus one each of my grandma’s (my mom’s mom) and my nana’s (my dad’s mom) shortbreads. They are made with slightly different recipes, but they are both delicious!

Christmas cookies

Christmas morning started just like it does every year – with waking up excitedly before 7 am! I can never sleep on Christmas.

Fireplace with Christmas stockings

After opening our stockings and presents while listening to Bing Crosby, we started cooking brunch for my mom’s side of the family around 10:30. Luckily I’d eaten a banana with soy nut butter around 7:00, otherwise I would have been knawing off my arm in hunger! Mom and dad cooked up bacon, eggs, and toast; Hayley made a giant fruit salad; and I made this baked oatmeal from Oh She Glows.

Oh She Glows baked oatmeal on Christmas morning

It was a hit! Even my mom who doesn’t like sweet breakfasts liked it. I think I liked it the most though – I couldn’t stop eating it! I had another 1.5 servings of it after my first helping:

We spent our afternoon playing board games and doing puzzles.

Then my dad’s side of the family came over to join us all for Christmas dinner – it was a full house! Dad cooked up an amazing dinner, as always, with turkey, green beans with toasted almonds, cauliflower topped with a cheddar and Dijon sauce, riced potatoes, and stuffing with sausage.

I was absolutely stuffed afterwards, but I made sure to save room for the best part: pumpkin pie! Mom and I tried out a healthier twist on our usual cream-filled pie and it was a total success! We’ll definitely be making this recipe from now on.

Lightened up pumpkin pie

Lightened up pumpkin pie

Serves 10 to 12 | Nut free

1 pie crust
2 eggs
1 796-ml can of pumpkin
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup evaporated skim milk
1/2 cup skim milk
3 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp all spice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Beat the eggs, then add in the pumpkin, sugar, spices, salt, evaporated milk and milk. Pour into the raw crust. Bake the pie at 425°F for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350°F and bake for another 45 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

Lightened up pumpkin pie

I started off today with a 4.5 mile run – it felt good to move after spending all of yesterday eating and sitting! Now Hayley and I are playing around with one of my presents. I’ll be doing a post on it soon. ;) Hope you all have a great day!

If you celebrate it, how was your Christmas?

What did you eat on Christmas?

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18 Responses to A very merry Christmas

  1. Yum eats! My Christmas day was great- lots of family time and delicious food! I woke up feeling still stuffed and ready to get my sweat on :)

  2. Great eats! That pumpkin pie and that shortbread are making me drool :DI'm so happy you had such a fun, family-filled day!

  3. I crawled into my parents' bed, too. So much fun to revert back to childhood!

  4. I love the pumpkin pie recipe! Yum that baked oatmeal sounds great :D

  5. Thank you for posting the pumpkin pie recipe! it's always nice to have a tasty recipe that is a bit lighter. I am glad you had a great time Chelsea!

  6. I had a great Christmas! I'm glad you did too :)

  7. I had an awesome Christmas! :) Your's looks awesome too. What a coincidence – I started today with a 4.5 mile run today too. I'm glad you had fun with your family!

  8. I had a good Xmas! I'm 21 and for the first time ever, I didn't wake up super early to open presents which surprised me lol because usually I'm up at 6am ready to go! Glad you had a good Xmas too!

  9. Loved your Christmas recap! Looks like you had a great time! :)I celebrate Christmas too, it was great! I love the holiday season!

  10. Just found your blog and had to say hi! I have been loving reading everyone's christmas recaps. Can't wait to read more! Your pumpkin recipe looks super awesome. Next time I make pumpkin pie I will have to try it out!

  11. CHELS! K, your Christmas looks SO perfect :) Awwwwwwwwww so so cute! So perfect! xoxoxoI miss you so much girl <3I am so happy you made your baked oatmeal :D I remember you were wanting to :D

  12. I'm feeling the same way with LOTS of good food, but a little bit like I'm on a sweets train that I cannot get off of…I'm trying to satisfy it with healthy things (sweet stuff in my cereal, cocoa in my coffee, etc.) :)We had NO board games, which depresses me, so we searched high and low and found mini cards. We played rummy and then we were trying to think of anything else besides go fish and my sister suggested slam or something along those lines…you have to smack the deck of cards depending on what gets put down…http://www.pagat.com/invented/slap.html so fun, a little dangerous, and just what we needed! Happy holidays.

  13. Sounds like a great christmas! We usually play video games. We always get so many, so we have to figure out what's the best! We played a lot of just dance this year. That's my favorite!I have no willpower on christmas. I'm not lying when I say I ate 12 cookies on christmas alone. And you know what? I'm not sick of cookies yet!

  14. what a sad christmas is it for me this year. we were not complete. my sister has gone off for the rescue.Sig: Andrew | littmann stethoscope

  15. Merry belated Christmas!! I always wish my brother still lived at home so we could wake my parents up early. I loved being a little kid on Christmas!

  16. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!

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