I had a very fun Christmas. It all started on Christmas Eve. Karl had it in his head that he wanted to make tamales. He misses the food from Texas and I thought I’d do what I could to ease the missing. It’s a tall order for a gal to make tamales when previous to this, I’d not really had tamales before.
The evening before Karl and I sat down and watched a few Youtube videos that showed how to make them. We watched this one.
Karl worked the morning of the 24th. Then stopped in town and got dried peppers and whatever else we needed. I was at home prepping the meat.
When he got home we started in on the process.
Nope…no staged kitchen and pictures for me. No cute clothes. This is real life with the kitchen a total mess.
I was the mesa girl and Karl was the filler and wrapper.
We tried this one other time and admittedly, it wasn’t very successful. This time, we were both happy with the results.
Here we had to try one before they had even cooled off.
They initially didn’t look like a success but once they cooled a bit, PERFECT.
Karl and I were able to go Christmas Eve Candlelight Church. Before anyone says anything about being careful when we were out. We totally were about as safe as we could get. First off, we had to let them know we were going to church. Then there was assigned seating. Family units sat with family units with a blank pew between them. We had communion but again, people only went in family units. Karl and I signed up late to go so we ended up way in the back sitting next to the door. I felt completely safe.
Karl and I had talked about it in advance and decided if it didn’t seem safe, we’d duck out the back. We both felt VERY good about it.
I’m so glad we went. Christmas isn’t Christmas to me unless there is candlelight service.
The next morning I was up and doing a little cooking getting things ready. It was low key. Friedman’s came and Hanken’s came.
Of course, the highlight of my Christmas was opening my annual gift of red plates from Carver. For those of you who don’t know, Carver always buys me red plates for Christmas. When he was just little Kalissa took him to Dollar Tree and told him he could shop and pick out whatever he wanted to get me at Dollar Tree as a present. He chose red paper plates.
Throughout the year if we order out pizza, I make sure to use the red paper plates and make a huge production of it. When the last ones are gone, I start making a production of how I don’t have any more red paper plates and that I really hope I get some for Christmas.
Well, Carver did not disappoint. He bought me red plates. Here I am opening them…
He loves giving them to me. I love getting them!!
The red plates are HIGH at the top of my favorite Christmas traditions. I’m going to be so sad when this isn’t cool to him anymore.
There was more present opening…
Gannon is going through a stage that he gets mad if you want to take his picture. So no good pictures of Gannon were taken.
With great hesitancy, I gifted Kalissa this quilt…
It’s our In a Black and White World quilt. You can get the pattern HERE.
So many quilters have said that their kids are sick of getting quilts. I have wondered if my kids might be that way. They all have a lot.
At the time I made this, Kalissa said she liked it and also said it would be great in her living room. I agreed it would. So, I decided I’d wait and gift it to her at Christmas.
She thanked me lots and later in the day sent this picture of the boys playing in it at her house…
The kids overdid it on me. These comfy jammers came in the mail a few days before Christmas. The note with them said, “From the one who loves you most”. Well, that’s tricky when you have five kids and 7 grandkids. Then I notice they came from Lands End. Hands down, that would be Kayla!!
I told you Christmas would involve a chess game or two and I was right. Karl beat Jason. Georgie wanted to play too so she got to move a piece or two before we put it all away.
Later after everyone was gone, Karl and I played two games. He won once, I won the other time.
Before Hanken’s left Kelli wanted a baby bump picture. She’s been a little lonely this time around being pregnant. The last time when she was pregnant with Georgia, Kalissa was pregnant with Gannon at the same time. This time she’s the only one pregnant of the girls in our family. Karl in his sweet way was a stand-in…
There’s a big height difference in our family as you can see. Kelli is the shortest and Buck is likely an inch or so even taller than Karl.
Rosie had a good Christmas too. She loved this toy…sadly it only lasted about eight hours before she ripped it apart. Does any have a recommendation for a squeaker toy that can’t be destroyed? She loved squeaker toys.
So, that was Christmas Day at the Kramer’s. No one went hungry…and I think everyone was happy. I’m calling Christmas 2020 a success!