Every year I’ve had the luxury of spending time with family for Christmas. Even if it was a day or too after the actual day, we’ve made the trip (which then was a short 2 hour drive) to see our families. This year was a little different. The hospital needed Judd to work Christmas weekend so I knew he wouldn’t be able to travel to Florida. I debated booking flights home but it didn’t feel right leaving him here for the first Christmas in our home.
As hard as it is being away from family during the holidays we made the most out of our situation. We planned some fun things Christmas Weekend to keep us busy and having fun all weekend long!
Typically we only go out every once in a while. We are both home bodies and prefer nights in cuddling on the couch with Gus. But Judd’s coworker invited us out Saturday evening to see a local bluegrass artist at a bar. We’ve seen her perform before and loved her music so we decided to make it happen.
I’m slowly coming around to bluegrass music. It’s one of Judd’s favorite genres of music being that his roots come from Tennessee. The performer on Saturday night is probably one of my favorites! Her voice is beautiful and she plays the heck out of a mandolin! We met up with Judd’s coworker and her family to take in the sounds. We even enjoyed a beer!
Sunday – Christmas Eve
Judd woke up bright and early after our evening out on the town to work Christmas Eve. I decided to have a day in since the weather was gross out. Netflix provided me with a new season of Fuller House which I proceeded to binge. (Whoops!)
In my family, Christmas Eve is always celebrated. Since we were staying home in South Carolina Judd decided to make reservations for a fun little hibachi place in Murrells Inlet. Hibachi is a great place to go on date nights and what better place to celebrate Christmas Eve than with Japanese food!
Dinner was enjoyable! We sat at our hibachi table with 2 other couples and a mother with her son. Everyone enjoyed the performance by our chef and the food even more! Although each time I eat at those places I take home enough leftovers to feed a family for 4!
Monday – Christmas Day
Christmas Day was very low-key. We woke up at a decent time and I made a Blueberry French Toast Bake for breakfast that was incredibly delicious. My parents Facetimed us with my brother so we could open our gifts together. It was fun watching their reactions to what we got them!
After that call, we decided to open our gifts to each other. Last year we chose not to do gifts since we were moving out-of-state but we kept it simple this year. We got each other a few things we needed and a few fun things too. Judd got a new toolkit which he already broke into! (He fixed all of my lose pot handles in the kitchen.) Judd gifted me with the Stranger Things soundtrack on vinyl which was pretty exciting. We put it on in the afternoon while we just relaxed on the couch.
For dinner we made turkey, brie and cranberry croissants. It was so easy to throw them together and pop them in the oven just long enough for the brie to ooze. With dinner we opened up a bottle of red wine to celebrate our first Christmas in the house!
Despite being so far away from home this Christmas, it wasn’t too shabby! We hope to drive back to Florida next year for Christmas and spend some time with our families and friends. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!