Cousin Christmas 2012 is tonight!! I can't remember how long this has been going on, but some years back my cousin Jill, my sister Natalie & I instituted a holiday tradition we call Cousin Christmas. We exchange small gifts (shopping primarily from each other's Amazon Wish Lists), eat our favorite snacks, and drink our favorite beverages. Oh, and wear our Christmas pajamas as you can see in the photo above from Cousin Christmas 2010. That year I decided makeup was not necessary. Then my cousin decided to take a bazillion photos and I regretted that decision.
I hear she got a new camera as an early Christmas present. This year I will be wearing makeup.
After some group-text-planning, we decided to have chips & salsa from Chili's restaurant, hummus and we are going to try a special holiday cocktail called Winter Wonderland (above). The recipe comes from singlemindedwomen.com and it is a lovely concoction of vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao and coconut. It sounds like a warm snowball in a glass... or something less cheesy. Anyway, I'm looking forward to trying it, I don't see how it can't be yummy.
Of course, if that doesn't work out I can always have my standard mug-full of marshmallows.
Cousin Christmas is the official kickoff of my holiday celebrating and I'm so excited to eat good food, share time with my loved ones, and remember the greatest gift of all: a tiny babe who came to us one holy night.
...A thrill of hope, a weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices
O night divine, O night when Christ was born...