Christmas Celebrations!

I know the “holiday season” has ended, but I wanted to share my 2016 Christmas details before they’re too far past. didn’t really feel like sharing them during December 2017…

Christmas Eve Morning

Stef and I started the day off well by playing at the Cafe during breakfast. The store is open from 7-3 for customers picking up their Christmas dinners, and we love playing music to spread the holiday cheer!

Christmas Eve tradition! Playing Christmas Carols at the cafe with my sister! ??? #wilsondecemberdaily

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Looking forward to next year, because we realized our favorite duet publisher came out with a new Christmas book! No one ever complains, but we’re a little bored playing the same songs each year…

Maybe next year we’ll practice a little bit more :/

Christmas Eve Family Activities

Christmas Eve Night is probably my favorite family holiday. I have great memories of my parents, aunts, and uncles laughing and joking while the cousins watched The Santa Clause and played with new toys.

Some years it feels more like a reunion. We’ve all seen a lot more of each other this year (Shannon’s wedding, the trip to Greenville), and we just have so much fun together.

At one point, Shannon, Stef, my mom, and I were watching cat videos (specifically, the one where the cat is wrapped as a gift…):

While the Paul and Eric discussed relativity and light speed and engineer things.

We took photos in front of my parents’ fireplace (the usual photo op spot), drank coffee, and ate lots of cookies. With a bakery in the family, we are never without snacks!

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My me-made dress was a big hit with the family, and I was finishing it almost as we walked out the door to go to the party. But more on that in another post.

Sister piano duet of Sleigh Ride for Christmas Eve

Stef and I played Sleigh Ride for the family according to our tradition. We added clapping to the arrangement the very first time we played it, but it definitely makes the song a little more challenging. ha… another piece we should practice before playing next year.

Christmas Eve Gift-Giving

I gave my grandma a quilt for Christmas – I know that’s not how things work in the rest of the world. Usually grandmas are making the quilts. Yes, I’m the old lady in my family.

Anyway, grandma loved it! It’s a spring-y quilt, so I’ll post photos of that later in the year.

I made a quilt for my grandma for Christmas, and she loved it!

This year, I gave a few handmade candles, books, and board games! I’ve decided that if I don’t have time to make a gift, then I will give books and board games. Now everyone knows what they’re getting in the future 🙂

My aunt and cousin gave me beautiful Penguin Classics Versions of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights to add to my collection.

Christmas Morning

So I stayed up until 2am on Christmas Eve working on a blouse for Christmas Day… and guess what? No pictures from that day wearing the top.

Eric and I went back to my parents’ house for gifts and breakfast on Christmas morning. Since Christmas fell on a Sunday, we were showered and ready for church but put pajamas on for the spirit of Christmas morning

Christmas morning tradition: matching @oldnavy PJ pants! #wilsondecemberdaily #niftychristmas #nifeneckerchristmas2016

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I’ll do a post later on all my sewing related gifts (there were quite a few!), but I was kind of overwhelmed this year with gifts from my parents and my sister – uggs, a ski helmet, a fun Starbucks cup, a Book of the Month subscription… I’m so blessed!

Stef, Eric, and I all went to Calvary Bible Chapel with my parents and played violin/ viola with the children’s orchestra for the service. It’s a small church, but has lots of musicians! Always fun to spend time with them.

Christmas Dinner

Later that afternoon, we went to Eric’s parents’ house for Wilsonecker Christmas. Eric’s family and my family have a joint Christmas dinner. Eric’s mom cooked an amazing meal and some people went shooting in the range on the farm (???). Don’t be fooled by the photos tagged on facebook… I didn’t actually shoot anything.

Parents and In Laws combined Christmas dinner - what a blessing!

Here’s a fun shot of Stef carrying me to avoid getting mud on my heels. Thanks, Stef!

sister sister

I received more sewing gifts from my MIL!! So those will be mentioned in the next post.