25.12.2009 - 25.12.2009 40 °F
Instead of bounding out of bed in the wee hours of the morning, thinking Santa had magically shimmied down the chimney, I rolled out of bed around 11:30, blearily stared at the French press until the coffee was ready and wrapped my hands around a warm mug before turning to the presents under the tree. It's not that I no longer am excited by Christmas morning antics, but the joy of sleeping under cozy covers with pillows all around on a cold night is just too tantalizing--a few extra hours of slumber tends to win over stumbling out of bed to presents I know won’t disappear at the stroke of 6am.
Festive Santa mug in hand, I proudly plopped Anthony's homemade stocking down in front of him. Stockings are difficult to find in Germany since they don’t play a part in their Christmas traditions, so I managed to put something snazzy together with a shopping bag and tape. It undoubtedly won’t hold up to make an appearance next year, but nonetheless fun to sneak under the tree.
Knowing we wouldn’t be surrounded with family this year, we took a myriad of pictures to share with you Christmas morning from abroad, including morning coffee, tossing wrapping paper around and figuring out how long to cook the ham for. So without further ado, roll out the red carpets, wrap your hands around a warm cup of something and enjoy!
p.s. you can view a larger version of these photos in my picture gallery