Monday, December 15, 2008

Our First Christmas

I thought that for today's Christmas in Bloggyland Tour, I would share pictures from mine and Mr. Darling's first Christmas as husband and wife! As I've mentioned before, we celebrated our first married Christmas on our honeymoon. As a surprise for Mr. Darling, I had packed a tiny Christmas tree, a little light-up star, and some of our brand new ornaments in my suitcase, so on Christmas Eve, I had Mr. D leave the room while I unpacked the tree and set it up. Then, he came back into the room, and we decorated our first Christmas tree. Here's the end result: On Christmas morning, we woke to the sound of the Caribbean resort's staff caroling to all of the rooms (this was actually slightly less cute than it sounds. For some reason, they decided to go caroling at 6:30am. I am not a morning person, so my first reaction was "What the heck is going on? Why won't those people stop singing?") When we woke up for real, we brought our Christmas tree and stockings out onto our patio:

Where we ate breakfast and exchanged gifts while enjoying this view: Without planning it, we had both gotten each other Christmas ornaments, which we added to the tree. I gave him a doctor ornament, and he gave me a little teddy bear ornament from Victoria's Secret that says "Sexy Little Bear" on its tummy. When we were done with our breakfast, Santa Claus arrived by motorboat. (No, seriously. He almost fell into the ocean when he was getting out of the dock. That would've made for some fantastic Christmas pictures!) After we got pictures with Santa, we bought souvenirs from a guy paddling around on a surf board, went water skiing, swam, took a nap, did various other honeymoon-appropriate things, and then had Christmas dinner at an Italian restaurant.

Overall, it was the most perfect Christmas I've ever had! Frankly, I think it might be impossible for us to top it, but that's ok. It makes for some fantastic honeymoon/Christmas memories.

So, I'd love to hear about your best Christmas ever. Either leave it as a comment here or post about it on your blog and then leave me a comment so I know to come read about it. I love Christmas stories!

30 comments:

Nan said...

Great Christmas story!

I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite Christmas from over the years. But my grandfather used to get everyone a flashlight for Christmas. Did I mention he did this every year too? Yep, a flashlight...every year...good stuff that.

Just stopped by along the Bloggyland Tour.

Merry Christmas!

Shellmo said...

Stopping on by on the bloggyland xmas tour! What a great xmas getaway! I would love to do something like that but I think the inlaws would all have heart attacks if we weren't there on Christmas day!

Braja said...

Possibly the best was one I spent in Sweden 8 yrs ago with my husband; I'm from Australia and our Xmas is in summer. I landed in Stockholm in snow, and we drove out to his house which is in the woods. All the fir trees (REAL LIVE CHRISTMAS TREES!!!!) were covered in snow, everything was covered in snow...it was a magical mystical wonderland and I loved it to bits...

MuseSwings said...

What a wonderful first Christmas story! I especially like the location - the only thing white about your Christmas was the sand!

That damn expat said...

Sounds like the staff were drunk and on their way home. At least that's what I'd tell myself in order not to kill them.

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

A beautiful Christmas story! The idea of a Christmas wedding is a fantasy come true! The white one white! Gorgeous! Thank you for your Bloggland tribute! Petra :))

Patty said...

My sister (who is much younger than I) honeymoon in what looks like the same place as you this past summer. She loved it. I think a Christmas honeymoon would be even more special and I know you will always have wonderful memories.
Merry Christmas to you!

Dr Zibbs said...

Pretty cool

Tranquility said...

What a great way to spend a 'first' Christmas!

Ours was spent in a fifth wheel - on our way to wherever we were moving that year. My husband went out to buy a little tree and came back with a potted cactus instead(???). We decorated it anyway!

Margaret Ann said...

Oh...What a sweet delight that must have been...a special warm memory for sure...Happy Bloggyland Tour from the Arizona Desert...Loved that beach view! :)

Anne Elizabeth said...

Great story! Makes me wish I was spending this Christmas in the Caribbean.

My favorite Christmas memory was the one I got engaged:)My husband proposed on Christmas Eve. My son was born in the month of December (in the beginning of the month). That was a very special Christmas too.

Call Me Cate said...

That sounds like a fabulous Christmas! Hmm, I wonder if it's too late to make some reservations...

Best Christmas? I'm hoping it's this year though last year definitely created a lot of memories.

I'm here on the tour, thanks for hosting!

Julie said...

That sounds like a fabulous Christmas, except for the early morning serenade! My favorite Christmas? Hmm...probably everyone since I had my kids. They make it fun :)
Thanks for the kind words you left me on my blog.

it's not a gravy train said...

OMG, this is such a great story. I have never celebrated xmas with my hubby (even when we were dating) and this year we will again be apart. However we did get a Christmas tree yesterday so I will post some pics of us decorating it on my blog.

Cora said...

Tova, I love it!! It sounds like the most relaxing Christmas ever. (sigh). :-)

Yaya said...

Sounds awesome!
My best Christmas ever was when my hubby proposed to me!

tara @ kidz said...

Love your story and your blog. Merry Christmas!

Elizabeth said...

We once went to Jamaica for Christmas and Santa arrived on a speed boat waving like crazy until a
very British child's voice
"Santa's fallen over inna bowt"
Makes me smile to this day...........

steviewren said...

Love it that your first Christmas was so special.

Hmmmmm, best Christmas ever.....hmmm...thinking hard....okay got it. The year I received a overnight case stuffed with Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden books!

Thanks for visiting me on the Bloggyland Tour. And I hope you aren't too young to know what those books are....think Boxcar Children and Baby-sitters Club and you'll have the idea.

ipv6 said...

tht nice Christmas writeup

Bonnie said...

I dream of a tropical Christmas.

Enjoying the warmth you shared while on the Bloggland Tour.

JANE said...

Awesome first Christmas!!
The most memorable one for me was when I was expecting D, number 1 child. We went to my in-laws, left early(yeah!!), and I came home sat on the sofa, drank hot chocolate and read "What To Expect When You're Expecting". So quiet and peaceful!
Thanks for stopping by my "Tour"!

Devoted said...

How lovely...great story...thanks for sharing such a special time with us all. My best Christmas ever is THIS Christmas. Stop on over at my place on your bloggyland tour...it's not too late, I promise. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a full and happy life.

Janah @ So Not Mom-a-licious said...

Well, I just want to say that my trip to Negril was awesome! But it wasn't right at Christmas. However, my favorite Chrismas in my head is the day I get to go to Fiji with my husband and son. Apparently, that is on hold while we visit Austin...oh...joy. Someday, Fiji, someday!

Hollie said...

How sweet of you to pack the mini Christmas tree for your trip! Great idea and I love the photo of it with the yellow in the background!

Julie said...

Every Christmas that begins with John Denver and the Muppets and ends with four smiling children and a glass of wine with my husband is a blessing. Our funniest Christmas, though, was a few years ago. DH and I were assembling a SpiderMan toy into the wee hours of the morning, watching our neighbors' lights go out one by one. The instructions were in Japanese and not at all intuitive. We were too tired to even talk to each other by the end of the engineering, I'm not sure how we made it up to bed. That was the Christmas I decided Santa either assembles ahead of time or leaves the toy boxed.
Watching the snow fall in masses right now, I can't imagine how wonderful a tropical Christmas must be---thanks for the picture!

Janeen said...

I'm back! yahoo! I missed out on so much yesterday during the tour! I paid $50 to tech support to find out that my monitor cable wasn't plugged in all the way. Oh Vey! Oh well, at least it wasn't worse.

That is a beautiful story to share! I love that beach photo! I'm off to finish the tour now! Better late never cuz this has been a blast!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Great story!

That Fresh Feeling said...

Oh thanks for sharing that story. SOunds like you all had an incredible and memorable time.

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