Christmas morning dawned bright and sunny, with temps in the 30's.
It wasn't the white Christmas I had dreamed of, but it sure was nice to see all the sunshine streaming in through the windows.
Santa had paid a visit to our house, and I'm not sure how he could have fit one more item on his sleigh with all that he brought!
And, of course, who is in the middle of it all but the little Monkey. What a goofball she is! Heaven forbid she should miss something!
Her attention shifted when she saw what Santa had left on top of the mantel - look at that, new toys for the furbabies!
I guess Santa couldn't shove these little fatties into their Christmas stocking, no matter how
she he tried. No way, no how!
I'm pretty sure Santa meant for Monkey to have the cow and Tubby the Piglet to have the pig. But Monkey had other ideas....as she always does.
I don't think my old girl, Lily....aka Tubby the Piglet...minded too much!
My silly Christmas elves made us laugh with their antics - ahhhhh, to be young and foolish once again!
The girls got super creative with their gifts this year. My older daughter gathered up the corks we've been
hoarding saving for years and made me this awesome wreath. I just love it, and we found the perfect spot for it right away!
My younger daughter also got in the crafty Christmas spirit and painted a wine bottle with chalkboard paint. She put this clever and funny quote on it, which I love!
"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, but if the white runs out I'll drink the red!"
Ha ha ha ha ha ha :)
Following our amazing meal, there were decadent desserts....this one came all the way from Austria, compliments of my sweetie. It's the Original Sacher Torte, with the same recipe they have used since 1832 - heavenly!
This one was made by my sister, our secret family cheesecake recipe. It's the best cheesecake I've ever tasted in my life, and believe me I've sampled my fair share - I'm a cheesecake fanatic!
I could post the recipe here, but my mom would disown me, so......sorry, it shall remain our family secret!
At the end of a wonderful day surrounded by loved ones, our tummies were full and happy, and we were ready for a long winter's nap.
I hope your Christmas was filled with as many blessings as mine!