It’s a Wunderful Life – Christmas 2013

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It’s a Wunderful Life – Christmas 2013

What a Wunderful Christmas this year!


Our celebrating started a little early with a weekend trip to Dayton, Ohio.  My grandparents on my Dad’s side, as well as several of my aunts and uncles live there, or nearby.  Growing up we always made the trip from Florida to Dayton for the holidays, so honestly my Grandparents house feels the most like the Christmas’s of my  childhood.


It felt so nice to be there!  My Dad’s side of the family is huge so there is always someone around and things to do. My Dad had flown up from Florida so we got to see him there too.



One of the highlights was learning how to make my Grandmother’s FAMOUS chocolate chip cookies.  I learned all the secrets and took notes!  She even told me I could share the recipe on the blog.  I’ll have that post after the holidays.


I decorated the traditional iced Christmas cookies with my Grandmother and aunts.IMG_4464IMG_4466

I hung out with my cousin Alex and heard his remarkable voice!  Watch out world, another WUNDER is going to make a mark.IMG_4444

I cuddled with Stoli, a sweet and gentle dog with a goofy and kind spirit.IMG_4480

We hit up the Ohio food favorites!IMG_1922[1]

Skyline Chili!IMG_1923[1]

AND… Marion’s Pizza!



Veggie for me, please!


I fed Marilyn, my grandparents White Squirel, nuts.  You can tap on the window and she comes to the steps.


We played cards with the family.IMG_4482

And ate beautiful holiday meal!

My aunt really put together an amazing and festive table.


We got to spend some real good quality time with these two!  I love my Grandparents.IMG_4510

The only disappointment was my Brother was scheduled to go to Dayton with us, but he got sick and had to stay home. Sad smile

Christmas Eve

For the second year in a row, we spent Christmas Eve with our Goddaughter!  Isabella’s parents and Grandparents throw a beautiful Christmas Eve party with a delicious meal around lunch time.  It’s always such a festive way to spend the day.

We stayed after the party to watch Isabella open her presents!photo (4)

She is all about American Girl dolls these days and got all sorts of fun clothes and accessories for her collection from her (9)

Spending time with kids at Christmas is just magical!  It is so much fun helping her get ready for Santa to arrive.

photo (8)

Christmas Day

By Christmas day itself the hubs and I were pretty tired.  We both only had off Wednesday from work, so we had a nice low key day at home.  It was exactly what we both wanted.

We opened presents and got to spend some quality time together.

Somewhere along the line we started the tradition of getting a “single use” small appliance for the holidays.  This year the hubby got me this breakfast sandwich maker.  We tried it out and it is awesome.


For dinner I made the Portobello Mushroom Lasagna and an Arugula and Pear salad.  My college roommate Lori, who lives in Charlotte joined us for dinner and lounging.


What a perfect Christmas holiday.

It truly is a WUNDERful life.

Questions of the day:

How did you spend your Christmas?

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

By | 2018-05-03T14:38:59-04:00 December 26th, 2013|Friends & Family, Fun, Holidays / Decor|10 Comments


  1. […] past December I went to Dayton to visit my Grandparents and while I was there I asked my Grandmother to show me step by step how she makes her famous […]

  2. Dan Steadman January 2, 2014 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    we spent Christmas day just chilling at the house, my brother came by around 11 and my parents came for dinner and to give us and the kids their gifts…our favorite Christmas tradition is to go on Christmas Eve to the Roper Mountain Science Center lights and drive through it at least twice

  3. Cindy Frost December 27, 2013 at 1:13 am - Reply

    I received the breakfast sandwich maker as a gift from my husband as well!

    • JulieWunder December 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm - Reply

      We love ours… we have already gone through 2 bagel packages! haha!

  4. william Brady December 27, 2013 at 12:42 am - Reply

    Julie Thanks for sharing this. It was great. Semper Fi Buddy

    • JulieWunder December 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading 🙂

  5. Rachael Wunder Evans December 27, 2013 at 12:34 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing and including Stoli! She is soooo proud! It was so awesome seeing you both and I look forward to seeing you soon!

    • JulieWunder December 30, 2013 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      Stoli is awesome! See you again soon!! We can’t wait for everyone to visit!

  6. Mary Thirtyacre December 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing those pictures from your Christmas in Dayton. Everything looked beautiful.

    • JulieWunder December 30, 2013 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      Thank you Mary. I hope you had a nice holiday too.

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