Gifts We Gave and Received

Gifts we gave…

A Dyson for my mom. I told her we were going to give her ours since our house has a Central Vac system, and she loves our Dyson, but since the Central Vac doesn’t cover the entire house, we wanted to keep our Dyson and I bought her the exact same model. She was pretty upset because I told her we weren’t doing presents this year, and surprised her with this. To be fair, I bought it in like September when I found one on sale.

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Vanilla cream filled Vaders…

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and chocolate TARDIS and Daleks for my dad.

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And a book signed by the photographer (for dad).

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I made a TARDIS t-shirt.

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$100 in different bills hidden inside balloons (also some had notes).

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Doctor Who Yahtzee for my husband…who also bought the same thing for me (so his coworker got the extra).

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Toilet and bathroom cleaner for my husband…this was a gift of “no complaining” because the smell of Scrubbing Bubbles gives me a headache, and I always complain when he cleans the bathrooms. He also got beer, a plain black hat (he’d been wanting), and an air compressor with all the attachment nozzles.

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We were going to do snow globes as gifts for the family, but the 6 year old wasn’t really into it and I noticed I was doing them all (and poorly), so we scrapped it for trinket boxes.

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We gave all the women in the family painted boxes like these…they were $1 at Michael’s so you can’t beat that.

We got…

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We bought ourselves two new comforters (after searching for the past 2 years) for $20 a piece.  We ordered them, and then each unwrapped one from it’s shipping packaging on Christmas morning. We also got a super comfy throw.

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I got a few stationary packs.

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And some new shampoo.

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Doctor Who Monopoly and a TARDIS tea strainer!

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(I won the first game =P)

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Mom got me The Vegan Table…which she also gave me two years ago. So I exchanged it for Chloe’s Kitchen and have been loving it. I’m always hesitant to buy cookbooks because there are so many free recipes online, but I’ve already made a few things from it and they have been great.

Did you give or get any great gifts this year?

Christmas Food

This year since we were going around to a million different houses for Christmas day, we had a nice Christmas Eve dinner at the house.

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We had our annual Christmas veggie tree.

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And Cheddar Bay Biscuits.

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And a baked ziti.

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This year we had gingerbread cookies. This recipe came out awesome (also the best vegan cutout cookie recipe I’ve ever tried.

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I couldn’t find my rolling pin, so I used my One Lucky Duck stainless steel water bottle and I swear it worked even better because it wasn’t super long and awkward.

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 These puppies were left out for me…I mean Santa.

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We also made Christmas candy pretzel sticks.

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Also left out for…”Santa”

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I had a ton of people order these (and I gave some as a gift)…

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What did you eat for Christmas?

Christmas Decor

As of yesterday, we’ve officially taken down and cleaned up all of the Christmas decorations. Since I didn’t get a post up before Christmas, here is a quick picture recap:

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Every year we make a few ornaments.

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We turned the pellet stove on and it was so relaxing.

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This year we also painted canvases.

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Another one we made above our fireplace.

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One we bought last year (featuring our lovely living room wallpaper).

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I bought these salt and pepper shakers for $5.99 at Target. My parents had some when I was a kid, so I had to get some for our house.

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Our Christmas (sun) room on Christmas night.

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And it’s not a decoration, but my one real Christmas tradition is watching the X-Files episode How the Ghosts Stole Christmas.

Do you have any Christmas traditions?