December 28, 2013

Christmas Eve Marathon

Catching up with Christmas Eve stuff...

On the morning of the 24th, I went to Tuba Christmas, a tradition in Dallas where everyone gathers in Thanksgiving Square to listen to a bunch of tubas playing Christmas carols. It's fun - people sing along and anyone with a tuba can join in the band. Ages range all over for the players as well as the listeners. It's a great way to start Christmas!

A Tuba Christmas
We were really cold!
The future in-laws
We had a quick lunch downtown and looked in the Nieman Marcus windows at the Christmas display, but pretty soon it was time to get ready for the beginning of our Christmas marathon. Our plan was to drive to Fort Worth, stay for about an hour and a half, and then drive back to Dallas for the Christmas Eve service at the church where we'll be married.

In Fort Worth in matching-ish outfits :) Unplanned, of course!
The rest of my cousins decided to wear ugly sweaters..

These two won the Ugly Sweater competition in my book!
Me and two of my cousins, who will be my bridesmaids!
The cousins - this is the best picture I could get of all of us looking sort of at the camera!
Silly picture!
We felt like we were only there for 20 minutes or so, and then we had to leave. The drive to Dallas was a little stressful because we left late, but we got to the church just in time. The service was beautiful but I felt like it would be disrespectful if I took any pictures so I didn't take any. 

After we left, we went to 7-11 to pick up hot chocolates, and then went around in JW's dad's minivan to look at Christmas lights. It was a great way to spend Christmas Eve!

We went back to his house and had margaritas and fajitas. A true Texan Christmas!

JW, me, his sister, and his best man
We dubbed it a Christmas drink - a red glass, green liquid, and snow on the rim!
Yoga headstands at night - I've gotten really good at these!
Their tree all ready for Christmas morning
The stocking that they made for me :)
I love that they had a stocking ready for me so quickly after we got engaged! My sister's husband doesn't even have a stocking at our house - haha! I told my mom we needed to make one for him and JW really quick.

I changed clothes and lounged around watching A Christmas Story (I still haven't seen it all the way through),  opened the sibling gift (a scarf and some pajama pants! Thanks Rachel!) and then we went to bed around 12:30. I was anxious to start Christmas Day festivities - it was gonna be a big day!

Next up: Christmas!

What Christmas traditions do you have? Do you celebrate Christmas Eve?


  1. My Dad has 5 siblings so we have a huge family and always have a get together on Christmas Eve and have a themed dinner, this year was comfort food so Greg brought 16 cheeseburgers from Dicks!

    ps- finally went and ran on the Burke-Gilman trail today!

    1. Dicks cheeseburgers sound AMAZING. :D

      Awesome!! Did you love the trail??