After the wedding and the honeymoon, the holidays kind of creeped up on Josh and I. Before we knew it, it was Thanksgiving and Christmas. I was especially excited for this holiday season. First of all, it was our first holiday season as newlyweds and second, Josh will be deployed during next holiday season so I wanted to be sure to make this one extra special and enjoy every moment of it.
Thanksgiving meant lots of food and lots of family, as it should always be. I think its one of my favorite holidays. There isn't any pressure of buying and exchanging gifts. It's just all about getting together with family and eating a nice homecooked meal and being thankful for all we have; that to me is just perfect. Josh and I went to my Memama and Poppop's house for a delicious meal. I brought along a homemade apple pie; the first pie I've ever baked might I add. And it was a hit, absolutely delicious!
|Apple Pie Before|
|Apple Pie After... YUM!|
|Poppop carving the turkey|
For Christmas Josh and I decided to host a Christmas dinner at our house for my parents and his parents. I've always wanted to host a nice dinner, but I was a bit nervous about it. I've never cooked a ham before and I've never even really cooked a big holiday dinner for a group of people. So to get prepared, I planned out the timing of the ham and all the side dishes, what dishes I would use and what food items I needed to buy. I had lists galore. The first step was to decorate the house. Being newlyweds we literally don't have any Christmas decorations... no tree, no wreath, not even a proper Christmas CD. Luckily my mom has been buying my sister and I a Christmas ornament each year since we were little so Josh and I were stocked with all my Christmas ornaments from years past. I'm so glad she did this because I felt like I had a piece of my old home now in my new home. Josh and I also bought and decorated our first Christmas tree and got a few other key decorations. It was really special to have Christmas and decorate our home
|Decorating our first Christmas tree|