Glass Trees, Cheesecake, and a Glittery Christmas

The Tree on Christmas Eve

Honestly, the holidays fly by so quickly that it’s hard to find time to stop and reflect on all that’s passed for even just a moment. Christmas was an absolute blast and our family was lucky that our power was restored before Christmas Eve and the big party at the Kwongs household was saved. Talk about a crazy ice storm. Fortunately, it meant that it looked like an absolute winter wonderland outside for a full week, especially with the trees coated with ice and looking like glass. Nature can be so vicious and yet so absolutely beautiful. In -20C weather, I ventured out of the house to take some pictures of the trees. Totally worth it. 

Ice Storm 2013

Ice Storm 2013

Ice Storm 2013

Ice Storm 2013

Christmas itself was an absolute success. All of the gifts were wrapped and ready to go on Christmas Eve (thanks to yours truly – my gift-wrapping skills have seriously improved) and we took my grandmother out to dinner at The Keg that evening. As usual, the prime rib was absolutely delectable and I learned that their butter tart is actually magical-tasting. I could have eaten fourteen of those in a row.

Christmas Eve 2013

Shout out to the cutest foil gift tags that I got from Dollarama that say “Surprise!”, “No Peeking!”, and “Unwrap Me!” Obsessed.

On Christmas Day, we went to mass, visited my mama at the cemetery, and then proceeded to host the annual family gathering.

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

I also snagged some gorgeous glitter ornaments from Dollarama that I used for a quick centerpiece idea. I also hung some in the doorways.

Christmas 2013

The Kwongs were in charge of roasting the usual giant ham and preparing desserts for the potluck.

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

I made a cheesecake consisting of 3.2 lbs of cream cheese. It was pretty intense.

Christmas 2013

And, of course, I couldn’t forget about the sugar cookies, cut out in a variety of different Christmas shapes. My favourites are the mittens!

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve done some pretty outlandish things when it comes to getting the perfect selfie (I’m also a self-acclaimed master at the selfie), but Michelle and I went to new lengths on this night. While taking a selfie with my phone, we decided to take out her phone and basically create a mirror system so that we could actually see whether mine was framed up properly. I mean… we take all of this very seriously. See below, which was taken with her phone at the time.

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

I received a lot of wonderful gifts this year (including the Fujifilm Instax Wide from Michelle!), but the one that takes the cake is definitely…

Christmas 2013

…the gorgeous Kate Spade satchel that my dad got me. It is so. freaking. beautiful. I am so in love with it. It’s perfect in every possible way. Thanks again, Dad!!!

I report that I only bought season 4 of The Vampire Diaries on Boxing Day and nothing else. Shocking, considering I usually end up purchasing a truckload of TV DVD sets on occasions such as this one, but I think I was pretty spent after Black Friday. Instead, I went over to Vanessa’s for our gift exchange and dinner with her family instead, which was also delicious. It was three days in a row of a massive amount of food. No complaints here.

(Un?)fortunately, the partying for my family doesn’t stop with Christmas. On Saturday, we celebrated my baby cousin, Kyle’s, 2nd birthday. It feels like just yesterday that he was born, and I was actually in Cuba at the time! They grow up so fast.

I then accompanied him and Megan to their first movie in theatres yesterday and saw Frozen, which was SO good. I’m so happy I get the chance to participate in some of their “firsts”, especially with things like going to the movies for the first time.

Tomorrow, our family will be going out for dinner and then partying together for the countdown. We’ve already got bottles of Moët ready to go and I’ll be getting my nails ready with a second round of the Revlon by Marchesa appliqués for the occasion! And while that means the year is coming to an end, I’m excited for what 2014 has to bring, but more on that tomorrow…

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and has a fun New Year’s Eve tomorrow night! Be safe!

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