Christmas 2013 Part Two: Minnesota

Sometimes Gracefully Christmas 2013 Sometimes Gracefully Christmas 2013 Sometimes Gracefully Christmas 2013 Sometimes Gracefully Christmas 2013 Sometimes Gracefully Christmas 2013 Sometimes Gracefully Christmas 2013 Sometimes Gracefully Christmas 2013So, I realize that 2013 is history, but we had one busy Christmas last week and I’ve still got more pictures to share! So, if you don’t mind traveling back in time an entire year with me, feel free to scroll on through our little Minnesota Christmas celebration! πŸ˜‰

I’ve always loved the way my mother decorates the dinner table for the holidays, and this year’s dΓ©corΒ wasΒ  so simple and beautiful. She essentially “scattered” a variety of Christmas tree bulbs, candles, and sprigs of pine down the center of the table. What an easy way to dress up a white tablecloth! Especially if you’re someone like me who lacks the space to store different holiday centerpieces!

My dad’s project this Christmas was homemade eggnog. Not that sissy stuff you can buy at the grocery store, but the kind of eggnog that is not for the “faint of heart.” My dad’s recipe was loaded with cream and eggs and bourbon and brandy and rum. It had a little “kick,” to say the least. πŸ˜‰

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Minnesota certainly had a white Christmas, and it was such a blessing spending time with my main man and my best girls. I’m not ashamed to admit that I come from a “loud” family. Our parties are usually filled with lots of laughing, too many loud and competing conversations, glasses clinking, dogs playing and barking, music crooning in the background…Darrin spends most of his time trying to keep up with our changing conversation topics and strange inside jokes. Poor guy. Luckily he’s had almost 8 years of practice. πŸ˜‰

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Our crazy Christmas Day ended with some homemade vanilla bean white chocolate cheesecake and a couple of Christmas smooches. After leaving Iowa at 5:30am, arriving in Minnesota by 11am, sharing Christmas dinner and celebrating all day and into the night, we were darn exhausted by the time we reached our little apartment in downtown Minneapolis. πŸ™‚

I hope your holiday was just as relaxing and happy and exhausting as ours! Thanks for reading! These pictures are just so last year, am I right? πŸ˜‰

Have a marvelous day!

13 Comments

  • Reply jennifer prod January 2, 2014 at 10:06 am

    oh heavens, your christmas table looks more like a brunch at the hilton — i want one of those chocolate kiss cookies — or not — maybe the homemade vanilla bean white chocolate cheesecake? ahhh, i should probably just go for a run :/

    • Reply Grace Beekman January 4, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Haha no way, girl! Cheesecake is way better without the run afterwards! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply LibertyonLess January 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    These pictures are amazing and the food all looks so wonderful πŸ™‚ So glad I stumbled upon your blog!!

    -S
    http://libertyonless.wordpress.com/

    • Reply Grace Beekman January 4, 2014 at 9:23 am

      I’m glad you stopped by! Thanks girl! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jamie January 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Looks like a wonderful Christmas! But with that being said, all of those food pictures make me want to continue gobbling down the goodies!!

    Jamie @

    The Growing Up Diaries

    • Reply Grace Beekman January 4, 2014 at 9:23 am

      I know, right? I wish “Christmas Cookie Season” was all-year long! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Sam Bell January 2, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Wow! You’re christmas feast looked amazing!! And lovely to see people so happy too!! =D

  • Reply Carys January 3, 2014 at 2:33 am

    I love the table decorations. How nice to have a white Christmas!

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  • Reply Saba Joseph January 3, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    cute pics
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    Saba
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  • Reply Cydney January 3, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Everything looks gorgeous!!! Hope you had a great Christmas!

    And PS – Got my new camera! Thanks for the help! πŸ™‚

    Simply
    Cydney

    • Reply Grace Beekman January 4, 2014 at 9:21 am

      I’m so glad I could help, girly! Have a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Grace Beekman January 4, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Yes! Thanks! She definitely is an interior designer and home contractor…so it’s nice having her around to decorate! πŸ˜‰ And you’ve got to try making homemade eggnog! It was marvelous! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Judas Lee January 5, 2014 at 7:27 am

    ooops ! joyful atmosphere!!

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