An Unconventional Christmas

Hey there πŸ˜€ Hope you all had a very lovely Christmas (if you celebrate)! As usual, it went by wayyyyy too fast but at least there’s still New Years and post-Christmas shopping to look forward to.

You might be wondering why I titled this post ‘An Unconventional Christmas’. While it was definitely enjoyable and memorable, there were a few unexpected things that happened, some good and some bad. Let me explain…

The huge, beautiful Christmas tree at church!

The huge, beautiful Christmas tree at church!

It all started out on the morning of Christmas Eve. I woke up feeling out of it, sick and nauseated. Not the best way to start any day, but especially not Christmas Eve. I hoped it would pass but it didn’t. I spent most of the morning trying to fall asleep so I wouldn’t have to focus on feeling sick. My mom was prepping food downstairs and literally every smell made my stomach churn, even the smell of fresh-baked cookies. Yep, it was that bad. I attempted some toast but couldn’t stomach it and spent the afternoon watching Friends with my mom and sister. I still wasn’t feeling great, but I was determined to go to our church’s annual evening Christmas Eve service so I stuck it out and got ready for church. By this time I had started to feel achy and had chills. But the church service itself was beautiful, as usual. We sang lots of traditional Christmas hymns and the best part, as usual, was singing ‘Silent Night’ by candlelight. I always feel so emotional after the Christmas Eve service, and I was glad I didn’t let my sickness get in the way of soaking up the experience.

My present for my mom. She loved it :)

My present for my mom. She loved it πŸ™‚

Back at home, we started watching ‘A Christmas Story’. It’s a tradition for us to watch bits and pieces of the 24 hour marathon they play every year–I love that movie! But I still wasn’t really feeling that great and I was kinda upset that I wasn’t going to be able to make my planned dinner for Christmas Eve–coconut curry tofu. This year marks my second Christmas as a vegan, and I was disappointed that I wasn’t going to be eating anything special…or much of anything really. I was able to have a bunch of water and some applesauce but that’s about it. The worst thing is, I had been telling myself for days prior to Christmas that I was going to relax my food rules over Christmas–I was still going to be eating vegan, but I wasn’t going to count calories, or worry too much about fitting in all my usual exercise and I was going to eat things that I wanted, when I wanted. So I was upset that I couldn’t eat the things I wanted, let alone most foods.

Waking up to snow on Christmas morning is always magical!

Waking up to snow on Christmas morning is always magical!

But I don’t want to go all Debbie Downer on you guys. I most definitely enjoyed my Christmas, sick or not. One ‘unconventional’ surprise that was good was getting snow on Christmas. I’ve lived in CO for most of my life, and one of the misconceptions a lot of non-Coloradans have about the state is that we get a LOT of snow. Not true, unless you live in the mountains. Living just east of the Rockies and being at a higher elevation, we do tend to see some snow throughout the winter and early spring, but CO rarely gets a white Christmas, especially a real white Christmas where it snows on Christmas. Even though I knew that snow was in the forecast, I was still thrilled to see a few inches of snow on the ground on Christmas day.

Stocking...

Stocking…

...and stocking stuffers!

…and stocking stuffers!

My family does things a little differently on Christmas. We’re only allowed to open our stockings before breakfast and getting ready for the day. This year I got lots of beauty related things in my stocking, and of course, a bar of my favorite dark chocolate!

My family's Christmas tree on Christmas morning.

My family’s Christmas tree on Christmas morning.

After getting all ready for the day it was finally time…for presents! As I’ve gotten older, I still love getting Christmas presents but I appreciate all the other parts of Christmas–the family traditions, the story of Jesus’ birth, the lights and the music and all the excitement that the holiday season brings. However, I did receive many wonderful gifts this year. Some of my favorites include a pair of dark brown riding boots (I’ve been wanting these forever!), a pink blingy cell phone case (my old blue one was falling apart), a heart-shaped donut pan, a couple of vegan cookbooks (Veganomicon and Practically Raw) and some clothes/gift card to Hollister. Honestly, I really love all the presents I got, no matter how small, because I know my family took a lot of time picking out things they knew I’d like.

So excited to try out some vegan donut recipes with this bad boy!

So excited to try out some vegan donut recipes with this bad boy!

The rest of the day was pretty chill. We just spent it relaxing inside, since it was below freezing outside! My dad got a Google tablet for Christmas so he spent most of the day playing around with that, and the rest of us listened to Christmas CDs and watched the rest of the ‘A Christmas Story’ marathon. Even though I started feeling sick again later in the day, I still thoroughly enjoyed my Christmas.

Me and my little sissy. Some people think we look alike...can you tell us apart?!

Me and my little sissy. Some people think we look alike?

Christmas wasn’t what I was expecting at all, between getting sick, the snow and cold weather and of course the presents I got, but it was still a wonderful day, filled with love and appreciation. I’m glad I didn’t let my sickness ruin Christmas for me–after all, it only comes around once a year, and even though it isn’t always ever perfect, it can still be an amazing day if you spend it with those you love.

P.S. I’m feeling better now…so you better believe I’m trying out some of the recipes in my new cookbooks!

Did you have a normal or unconventional Christmas this year? What’s one of the best gifts you got?

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24 thoughts on “An Unconventional Christmas

  1. I’m glad you’re feeling better now! It stinks to be sick on Christmas, but it seems like a lot of people here are, especially with the flu, definitely not a fun thing to have. Super glad you can try out some of those new recipes though. It looks like you got some fun stuff and I’m kinda jealous of the heart shaped donut pan and the OPI polishes.

    I guess snow on Christmas is pretty cool… but that’s about the only time I like snow πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I think the flu has definitely been going around, but it’s never a fun thing to come down with.

      Snow on Christmas/New Years is the only time I really like snow either…other than that it’s just too much!

  2. I was sick on Christmas too! and I was sick on Christmas last year, and thanksgiving. I have a bad track record with holidays clearly… It’s not much fun,especially after planning a fun vegan christmas menu. but of course chirstmas is still great! Glad you enjoyed yours!

  3. I am SO sorry that you had to be sick for Christmas!:( I would hate to miss out on all the holiday food, but it sounds like you made the best of a not-so-good situation and enjoyed the holiday nevertheless:) Good for you!! My Christmas was a bit chaotic; we had relatives visiting for about a week: my sister, her husband (and their 6-month old baby), my grandparents on my dad’s side, my aunt, and 6 of my cousins. That made a grand total of 18 people in our house on Christmas morning! They all were staying at a hotel, though: our house isn’t THAT big. One of the best gifts I got (other than simply being around my family) was a gift card to Trader Joe’s, which I can’t wait to spend.

    • Wow, that’s crazy having all those people over! I’m used to really small Christmases with just my mom, dad and sister but I think having extended family for Christmas could be fun too!

      I’m jealous of the Trader Joes gift card–I wish I had a TJs near me!

  4. Sorry to hear that you were a little under the weather over Christmas, but I’m happy that you still got to enjoy it πŸ™‚ We had a bit of an unconventional Christmas here too – my mom was getting over the flu and still not feeling too great so she wasn’t able to cook up all the traditional Polish meals that she usually does. Christmas ended up being pretty quiet and low key, but it was so nice to be able to spend so much time with my mom and dad.

    Oh, and I’m definitely one of the people who thought that CO always had snow… We get dumped with tonnes of the white stuff every year, so I couldn’t imagine a Christmas without it!

  5. Sorry to hear that you were ill for Christmas, that would have been the worst! :[ I’m glad to hear that you’re feeling better now though! My Christmas was kind of unconventional as I spent 99.9% of it drinking alcohol or being the drunk girl running around during the day. I basically don’t remember Christmas properly. I just know that I acted like an idiot >.< NEVER AGAIN. However, I did get an e-reader for Christmas! That's definitely my favorite gift, although I am really jealous of your donut pan! :]

  6. caloricandcrazy says:

    Awww, I’m sorry you were sick 😦
    It was raining all day on Christmas and I was in the house all day…I felt like a couch potato, but the relaxation was needed!

  7. Oh no, being sick on Christmas sucks! I’m happy to hear you didn’t let this bring you down and ruin the holiday for you.

    Going to the church service is a lovely tradition and singing “Silent Night” in candlelight must be amazing. My family doesn’t usually go but I went with my aunt and uncle this year and it was a highlight for me.

    Which beauty products did you get in your stocking? We don’t have stockings in Germany but rather open presents after dinner on Christmas Eve. I’m with you on seeing the presents as not all that important as they were when being a child anymore, though. Spending time with the family was the best part of my Christmas.

    • Thanks girl! I’m glad you got to go to a church service–that’s always one of my favorite parts because it’s so meaningful.

      I got some moisturizing lip gloss, mini nail polishes and some hand cream in my stocking! I’ll definitely be needing the hand cream and lip gloss this winter because my skin always gets so dry.

  8. I’m glad you’re feeling better and I am so jealous that you got snow. It rained here and I spent the day on the couch. I got sick from playing a video game which was no fun.

  9. Hey! I had to comment and say I totally have that donut pan. They make the cutest donuts ever!! I haven’t used mine for a while but now I’m eager to whip it back out again haha. Can’t wait to see what you make!

  10. I’m so sorry to hear you were sick on Christmas, but it looks lik you managed to have SO MUCH FUN anyways!!! Yay for snow, family, and the most epic donut pan ever! πŸ˜€

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