My brother John also brought home his girlfriend Silvia for the holiday, since her family lives in Switzerland. She is FABULOUS! She fit right in with the family and I loved having her there.
While I am at home it's so great because I am so relaxed, and I get to spend time with my favorite people in my favorite place, Chapel Hill. We went to the Carolina Inn, an old historic hotel downtown that I am in love with, it's beautiful, especially when it's decorated during Christmas time. I also went to the food shelter with my mom to help out, which is something she does every week, and it was a great experience.
During our down time, we watched Christmas movies (The Santa Clause and The Family Stone are our favorites!), wrapped gifts...every year on December 23rd, my brother, sister and I go shopping with my Dad to help him pick out gifts for my mom...but this year it was just me since John and Kate couldn't be there. Even though I missed having my brother and sister there the whole time, I have to admit, it was great having 1-on-1 time with my parents, in a family of 5 that doesn't happen too often.
Another wonderful Christmas, and a great start to 2011!!