have the coziest christmas eve ever // aka, I’m giving you free recipes, so read this

hey you guyses 🙂

CHRISTMAS IS SO CLOSE.
yeah!
Christmas!

Christmas Eve was always kind of a big deal in my house growing up, and there were a few components that made it just perfectly oh-so-special.
it was always the coziest, cuddliest night of the year (and I love all things cozy and cuddly!)

I’m going to give you a few ideas that are super easy to whip up and throw together last minute, which will make your Christmas Eve the coziest and cuddliest yet 🙂

I’ll start with husband and my Christmas Eve itinerary (yes, I have an itinerary. stop laughing at me.)
early/mid day: pack for travelling on Christmas Day- suitcases packed and loaded in the car; presents to take set by the door to put in the car before we go
prep for Christmas morning- nobody wants to be stuck in the kitchen, so Christmas Eve, I’ll cook the bacon and sausage so I can just heat it up the next morning. I’ll also set out the                             paper plates and plastic cutlery, since we’re going to be in a rush and won’t have time to do a bunch of dishes before we leave on Christmas.
put tonight’s dinner in the crock pot- beef stew! yum!! I’ll stick it in the crock pot, so it will be all ready to eat when we get home this evening.
afternoon: J gets home from work at 4, I’ll fix him a snack then
we’ll watch Frosty the Snowman and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer to keep me from bouncing off the walls during this lull in the day 😉
get ready for the Christmas Eve service at our church
go to Christmas Eve service (6:30)
look at Christmas lights on the way home
come home and open Christmas Eve jammies!! 😀
put on jammies, sip homemade cocoa, and eat that deeee-lish beef stew in the glow of the tree lights (and probably take some melatonin, because this girl ain’t gettin a wink of sleep                             otherwise)
tidy up the apartment, move the coffee table away from the tree, so it won’t be in the way the next morning- also set paper dishes / snacks on it so they’re ready
stuff stockings / watch Christmas specials of our favorite TV shows while we wait for the melatonin to kick in 😉

whew! sounds like fun, huh? 😉
but really, here are my favorite cozy Christmas Eve moments:

watch the classics // Frosty + Rudolf are just that. you could add a Charlie Brown Christmas, Elf, or whatever your personal favorites are 🙂 you could also grab all the Christmas specials from your favorite tv shows (The Office, anyone?) and watch those! so fun! 🙂
go to the Christmas Eve service // nothing like a candlelit service in your toasty warm fancy clothes to put you in the right mind-set and heart-place for the next day
look at the lights // I LOVE Christmas lights! and I love obnoxiously decorated houses! driving around, listening to some Christmas music, and looking at the lights is just so special
Christmas jammies // Christmas jammies are the best jammies. evaaa. if you don’t have this tradition, you should.
cozy food // soup or stew is a must. what’s cuddlier that being wrapped up in Christmas jammies and eating chicken noodle soup or beef stew (homemade of course.)
hot chocolate // husband doesn’t like chocolate (the horror), but that can’t stop me from enjoying some 😉 homemade is the best!

and because I love you, I’ve included two very special (and ridiculously easy) recipes for your Christmas Eve pleasure. (you’re welcome)

 

only the best crock pot beef stew (seriously, everyone I know loves this stuff; it’s like the crack of stews)
my mom gave me this recipe, and she’s been making it for ages

3/4 cup beef broth
1 pound stew beef
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1 whole bay leaf
1 teaspoons salt
1/4  teaspoon pepper
1/2 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 carrots, sliced
2 large potatoes, chopped to bite size
(whatever other veggies you want to add (celery, onion…)- we just use those two because we’re picky!)

1. mix flour, salt, and pepper in crock pot. add beef and stir to coat.
2. add rest of ingredients and set bay leaf on top
3. cook on high for 4-6 hours, or low for 10-12 hours
4. remove bay leaf and dish into bowls
5. YUM.

homemade mexican hot chocolate
my own personal recipe 🙂

1 cup milk
1 1/2 TBSP cocoa powder
2 TBSP sugar
1/4 TSP cinnamon
sprinkle of cayenne

heat up the milk however you wish (microwave that sucker because who wants to dirty a whole pot and heat up the stovetop for 8 ounces of milk). mix in the other ingredients very well. top with whipped cream if that’s how you roll.

 

have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS 🙂

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