There is no real "good" transition from that, so I am just going to go right into to the weekend.
Friday night was movie night - we went to see Office Christmas Party. A comedy was just what was needed. I didn't really have any expectations going forward, but it was really good! Some parts were a little too much, like they didn't really need to go that far, but overall it was good.
I had brunch plans Saturday morning, which was super fun. We headed to The Shack, which is a place I had been to a few times before and doesn't disappoint. It was a blast - the food was good and the company was even better. The original plan was to meet up and make sure we kind of got on the same page, since we are the co-chairs for Provident's Young Professionals Board. I think we maybe squeezed in a minute or two of "business" during our brunch, which ended up being a lot more of just good conversation. To make things even more fun, there were a bunch of ladies handing out free fresh flowers throughout the restaurant! I headed to the library afterwards, where I stocked up on some more Christmas books. The rest of the day was spent making a dent in them, while enjoying the glow of the Christmas lights and Hallmark on in the background.
Sunday was a bit of a lazy day, with more reading and gingerbread house building!
Moving onto the "Most Wonderful Time of Year" link up. The topic today is Favorite Holiday Recipes. My family has a few special recipes that are specific to the holidays. My very favorite has to be monkey bread for breakfast on Christmas morning. It's pretty much the only time we have monkey bread, which makes it even sweeter. We eat breakfast at home, then head to my grandma's for Christmas dinner.
At my grandma's we usually open presents, then have some snacks while dinner is cooking. One of my favorites, is my mom's cheese ball. I realized while putting together this post that I haven't shared the recipe for that, so definitely be on the look out for it later this month.
Our Christmas dinner is very similar to our Thanksgiving meal with broccoli, cheese and rice casserole, and another staple, dumplings. My family is Bohemian, so dumplings (and sauerkraut) always are on the menu.
Dessert always means cookies on Christmas. My aunt makes a ridiculous assortment of cookies each year, and everything is just delicious. My favorites vary between snowball surprise cookies and then the traditional spritz cookies, trees and candy canes, with green and red sprinkles, although they are all amazing. To make things even better, she sends a plate of cookies home with us to enjoy after Christmas is over.
My dad's family is huge, so the day varies when we can get together, but one thing that always remains the same, is my aunt's fudge. My grandpa taught her how to make it, and it is a favorite of everyone in the family!
Now I am looking forward to Christmas even more - I can't wait for all the yummy goodies and family time!
Linking up with Biana, Sarah and Victoria.