This year was my first Christmas without my family, but it was also Brendan and my first real Christmas together. We both had two full days off work (AMAZING) so we decided to go to Big Bear Mountain, about two hours outside of LA. Even though it’s a big ski destination we didn’t plan to ski. We just went because we thought the colder air and the snow would help us feel a little more Christmasy.
As we were driving we were keeping an eye on the temperature displayed on my car’s dashboard. We felt like little kids, getting excited as the temperature dipped lower and lower! I think the lowest it got was, like, 45, but still. We turned on some Christmas music and immediately got in the holiday spirit.
After we drove around a bit at the top of the mountain, we parked and wandered around the cute little village.
We bought ourselves some Christmas ornaments to add to our tree (we only have about 5 ornaments currently, whoops) and then ended up at a brewery. (TOTALLY NORMAL CHRISTMAS EVE ACTIVITY RIGHT?) We ate nachos and tried some local beer and randomly started SnapChatting our friends.
After a few hours of maxin’ and relaxin’ all cool and all shooting some b-ball outside of the school (not really, we did no basketball shooting, I just constantly have the Fresh Prince theme song in my head, probz because I drive by Bel Air often?) we eventually headed back down the mountain. The drive was gorrrrgeous and Brendan drove this time so I got to take a peek AKA take a million photos with my head hanging out the window.
We drove back home and went straight to a local Italian restaurant we had been wanting to try, but naturally they were closed. Duh. Christmas Eve. The Chinese restaurant next door was open so we had a quick dinner there and then came back home to watch A Christmas Story, my favorite Christmas Eve tradition.
On Christmas day we made a lot of phone calls, did some video-chatting, and took a long walk on the beach. I made baked tacos for dinner and we had some champagne to celebrate. It was a simple, fantastic day.
And now you know my life story. What are some of your holiday traditions? I love hearing about what other families do! Wishing you and yours a love-filled, healthy, happy 2015!