‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

And everyone here is still wide awake – no going to bed early for this family on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve (day and evening) are pretty low key around here – this year especially, since we aren’t hosting Christmas dinner tomorrow like we often do. Let’s see how it all went down.

Well, it started with an excellent bowl of oats.


  • 1.2 cup oats, milk, water
  • 3 dried figs, chopped
  • craisins
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • peanut butter
  • Artisana Cacao Bliss


With a glass of the juice I’ve been drinking of late – Oasis Strawberry Kiwi.


On the festive Christmas table cloth.


I then spent the morning baking up one dessert for dinner tomorrow (we might not be hosting, but I’m ALWAYS in charge of bringing dessert). You’ll have to wait to see my creation though 🙂

My mom had run to the store while I was baking, and I asked her to pick up the peanut butter I like as I was almost out. Alas, she grabbed the wrong one, so I ran back up to the store to exchange it – bad move! It was INSANE there. You’d think people wouldn’t be able to get groceries for a month or something. Seriously, the store is only closed for a day (or 2 depending on the store).

Of course, I couldn’t just leave with the peanut butter. I grabbed something for lunch as well.


Sushi! California roll and a couple of pieces of inari. Yum!


Seems like the perfect Christmas Eve lunch, no?

I enjoyed my delicious sushi, then played a little Dr Mario on Wii until I was digested enough to head to the gym. I arrived exactly an hour before they were closing for the day, so I had just enough time to get sweaty on the stairclimber and elliptical. Perfect!

Once home, I finally set to work on wrapping my presents. My sister has been harassing me all week to get it done. The thing is – I have some breakable stuff, and my cat likes to run into the tree with no regard for the items underneath. So really, I was trying to save my family’s gifts from disaster!

My timing was perfect – once I was done with the wrapping, it was time to have dinner. Like I said, we don’t really do anything for Christmas Eve, so dinner isn’t a fancy meal or anything. But it was a fun meal – make your own burrito/soft taco.


We had all the fixin’s":

  • refried beans
  • cheddar cheese
  • avocado
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • salsa
  • sour cream
  • jalapenos

There was also ground beef, but it was still in the skillet when I took the pictures.

Here’s my creation.


I had refried beans, beef, cheddar, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, and avocado.


All on a black bean & salsa flavoured tortilla – it was spicy!


I added lettuce to mine as well, but since it would cover up all the other fillings, I figured you didn’t need to see a picture 😉

Once dinner was cleaned up, I set to work on the second dessert for tomorrow, then it was time for a rousing family game of Hand & Foot. If anyone knows the card game Canasta, it’s pretty much the same thing. My mom and sister are always a team, and I’m always teamed up with my dad. And per usual, we were the victorious pair. Woo!

After all that family bonding, we went our separate ways. My mom and sister are watching some Christmas movie, dad is watching the news, and I’m a’ blogging. Oh, and having a little snack.


I had a total hankering for popcorn (with butter), and decided to sip on a PomX Tea – this one is the Pomegranate Wildberry White Tea.


I really like this one – it’s very sippable, nice light flavour. Thumbs up!

Mom also just brought around chocolates that our neighbours gave us. Mmmm, chocolate. Guess I should go enjoy that. I hope you all have had a great Christmas Eve, and that Santa is good to you in the morning. Merry Christmas everyone!

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7 Comments on “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas”

  1. December 25, 2009 at 12:27 am #


  2. December 25, 2009 at 10:46 am #

    Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!



  3. December 25, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

    We have a very low key Christmas Eve (and Christmas day sometimes) also. But I definitely know what you mean about the store on Christmas Eve, people were insane at ours last night!

    Hope you had a very merry Christmas!

  4. December 25, 2009 at 8:58 pm #

    Merry Christmas to one of my favourite bloggers out there!!!!!!!!!

    Hope it was awesome! And I hope you’re enjoying your break from studying like a mad woman!

  5. December 26, 2009 at 8:18 pm #

    LOVE the taco fiesta!!! Merry Christmas to you Marianne!!!

  6. December 27, 2009 at 5:32 am #

    GORGEY AVOCADO!! Did you know that it is SNOWING on your website — it is RAINING outside — and your snow is MUCH COOLER!!


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