It’s Christmas Eve!

Way to state the obvious, huh?

I don’t care… I’m SO excited!!!

Today started off with some holiday baking. I made a fresh batch of homemade peanut butter cookies for Ryan to take to his dad for Christmas.

Peanut Butter

More than one peanut butter fingers were consumed in the baking process. 😉

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

 Sadie helped me lick the beaters clean.

Beater Licker

 What a good dog. 🙂

Yummy Cookies

While the cookies were baking, I prepared a breakfast fit for the holidays: Honey Bunches of Oats French toast.

French Toast

I made the toast batter with Egg Beaters, whole wheat bread, cinnamon and sugar. I then added several handfuls of Honey Bunches of Oats cereal for extra sweetness and crunch.

Honey Bunches of Oats French Toast

Ryan enjoyed a huge plate of this breakfast!

Ryan's Plate

Happy Boy

Now that breakfast is complete, I’m ready to tackle the day!

I have lots on the agenda:

  • Workout
  • Shower
  • Blog (x 2!)
  • Appointment to try on wedding dresses
  • Take jeans to get altered
  • Last minute shopping (stocking-stuffers)
  • Grocery store
  • Prep food to cook for Ryan’s family Christmas party tomorrow
  • Wrap a few remaining presents
  • Church
  • Secret Santa exchange (via conference call)
  • Look at Christmas lights with the fam on our boat

I am most excited for the last bullet on my list.

When we first moved to Florida from Illinois in 2003, it was hard wrapping my head around warm weather when I was so used to chilly temperatures. Somehow it just didn’t feel like Christmas.

To help embrace the warm weather and make a Florida Christmas feel legit, my family started a tradition where we hop into our boat (which is decorated with Christmas lights) on Christmas Eve evening and travel up and down nearby canals looking at Christmas lights. We pop in a Christmas CD, sing, laugh and hang out and it’s my favorite part of the day.

Christmasy Boat

 Rudolph Walk

 Our family has always embraced traditions during the holidays.

What traditions do you have in your family?

When we lived in Illinois we’d always go on a Rudolph Walk on Christmas Eve. Our annual Rudolph Walk was our family hunt to see if we could catch a glimpse of Rudolph’s nose in the nearby forest. (My wonderful father would head out hours before us to put a red light bulb in the forest, way out in the distance.) Somehow we were lucky and saw him every year!


To prepare for the cold walk, we would layer our clothes, put on boots and snow pants and head out! I’ll never forget the walk during the first year that I didn’t think Santa was the real-deal anymore. My dad and younger sister, Leslie, led the way into the forest while my mom and I linked arms and took up the rear.

We started to tell my sister that we had to be very quiet because any noise might scare Rudolph away.

I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to walk quietly in snow pants, but it’s virtually impossible. The swish, swish noise is very hard to avoid. 

Leslie was set on seeing Rudolph’s nose and was committed to not making a sound. She walked with her legs stiffly apart for nearly half a mile to avoid any noise. It was hysterical and my mom and I were grunting and snorting trying not to laugh as we watched my dad try to help her balance so she wouldn’t be too loud and scare the elusive reindeer away.

I hope you all have a wonderful day and are able to enjoy some special time with loved ones.

10 Responses

  1. I’m really excited for Christmas Eve too. I loved reading about your traditions!

    My mom’s parents are coming over for dinner tonight. We usually end the night by lighting a fire in the fireplace and watching a Christmas movie.

  2. have a great holiday 🙂 traditions are always fun! & i love anythingg peanut butter


  3. Have a wonderful holiday girl!!! 🙂

  4. Awwwww love your traditions you and your family have!!! So sweet!!!!!

    Your french toast looks delish!! Think Im making some for xmas breakfast!!!!!!!

    Good luck at trying on wedding dresses!!!! thats exciting!!!!

    I just got a good workout in, feels good to do that!!!!

    Jeans altered is something I need to do!!!!! I have a pair that I have had forever!!!

    Merry Xmas to you and your family!!! xoxo

  5. I love the boat tradition! Have fun tonight!! Merry Christmas!! 🙂

  6. Have a super holiday with your fam, hun!! 🙂

  7. What a fun holiday tradition! My favorite tradition is one Keith and I started our first year of marriage. I write a holiday letter every Christmas to him that recaps our year’s highlights…then every Christmas morning I read it to him. It is corny…but special for us! 🙂

    Merry Christmas…and have fun wedding dress shopping!!

  8. Have an awesome Christmas – going out on the boat sounds like so much fun!!

    – Beth @

  9. The boat sounds like a blast! We have a White Christmas here in OK this year. 🙂

  10. Honey Bunches of Oats french toast AND peanut butter cookies!? What an awesome day. 🙂

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