Christmas Eve Eve was spent with my in-laws

Christmas 2012

Christmas day with my family

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

I love cats … I just can’t eat a whole one. 

Christmas 2012

My sis-in-law (the mom of my niece) customized this Christmas house for our other sis-in-law’s dance studio and dance wear store.

Christmas 2012

Dance studio sis-in-law (holding the drink) made this for our niece. It can fit in a doorway and it includes some hand puppets. Adorable!!!

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

Dancing with Grandma.

Christmas 2012

Chilling with my favorite 2-year-old. (Not sure why she’s using her doll’s pacifier.)

Christmas 2012

My dad roasted chestnuts (in the oven).

Christmas 2012

My cousin and I used to play with that dollhouse at our (late) grandparents’ house. Now my niece plays with it at her grandparents’ house.

Also, this brings an end to the many grab bags I participated in this season – white elephant exchange at work, Yankee swap with blogger friends, white elephant exchange with friends, Yankee swap with running club, a very complicated variation of a Yankee swap with my in-laws, white elephant exchange with my family. Six in one holiday season. I think that’s a new record for me. And almost every one had a different set of rules. (In case you care, I ended up with a book on kissing, a jar of cookie butter & happiness project journal, an iPod shuffle, a six pack of beer, a bottle of Tide & a kitties 2013 calendar, and a pair of roller blades.)

Have you ever roasted chestnuts? They were … not terrible, but not something we’ll ever make again.  

How many grab bags/white elephants/Yankee swaps did you participate in this season? Is it just me, or are they becoming more popular? Did you get anything good from them? I ended up with some good stuff – the iPod, cookie butter & journal, beer, and that calendar is totally going in my office.