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The holidays are over, and I’m a little sad about it. I was not quite ready to send everyone back to work and school this week. This break seemed short and even though it is was wonderful, I feel like we didn’t do all of the things that we intended on doing. I started the new year the sickest I’ve been in ages, and literally missed the first few days. I couldn’t even get out of bed. The rest was good for me, and the downtime for my family was much needed.

Our Christmas was wonderful and when I changed the format of Baked Bree, I vowed to share more personal stories and pictures. So here we are. I love the holidays. I love the traditions we have as a family, opening up our home, and spending time with the people we love most.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

First night of Hanukkah and latkes. I grew up in a Jewish home, so I still do a lot of the traditions we did as children even though we are Catholic.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

Getting our tree at Mahoney’s.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

Our annual Christmas card assembly line. One of my favorite things to do all season.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

Our card this year from Simply to Impress. Some pictures taken by me, some from Blue Lily.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

Waterfire in Providence. I loved it, some of my people did not. In fairness, it was a little rainy. But beautiful and festive nonetheless.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

John’s arrival. He’s been coming for 5-6 years now? In the last few years he has marked his arrival by making the children breakfast and leaving out his plates and glasses.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

I love these arrangements my mom made out of 1 bunch of flowers from the grocery store and some extra greens.

  Our annual gingerbread making extravaganza. Making Gingerbread Houses from Bree Hester on Vimeo.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

My grandmother sends me a box of petits fours from Neiman Marcus every year. They are my favorite and I look forward to this box every year. Definitely a treat.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

My favorite cookie that I baked this year. I made a few batches of my Best Ginger Cookie and dipped half in white chocolate and made holly out of leftover gingerbread house candy.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

This year’s tree was really beautiful. It was very tall and perfectly shaped. Last year our tree was awful. It looked like a shark took a huge bite out of it, and you could see it every time you walked into the house. I’ll always remember that tree and we talked about it a lot this season.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

My brand new sister-in-law, Ava, and my mom decorating Santa’s cookies on Christmas Eve morning.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

They took their cookie decorating very seriously. I used my sugar cookie recipe and we glazed them. They are the most delicious cookie. I have a feeling Santa enjoyed them.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

Wes had duty Christmas evening, so we dropped off dinner to him and the crew and he gave my brother and his wife a tour of the planes. It was actually a lot of fun.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

After we left the air station, we went and got Indian for Christmas dinner. This was not our original plan, but it was so much fun that I think it is going to be a new tradition. The best part – no dishes to do.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

We took a drive to Boston to have lunch with Denise and Lenny of Chez Us (I wish we lived closer, I love them) and walked around Harvard Square.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

For the last 5 years or so we started a New Years Eve tradition of toasting to the new year as a family and taking a family selfie. (God Bless the selfie stick, I wish we had these years ago when we started this tradition.) I love these pictures so much. Maybe I’ll do a whole post on this.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

We introduced the kids to raclette for New Year’s Eve dinner. If you haven’t ever done it, think fondue but with a little grill to cook meats and veggies. There is a broiler under the grill to melt cheese over bread and potatoes. It’s really interactive, very fun, and obviously delicious because cheese.

bree hester photography cape cod, ma

One of my favorite ornaments. My tree is filled with these pins that come from Charity League in my hometown.

 Our holiday video. I love, love, love making these little family films, Hester Holiday 2015 from Bree Hester on Vimeo.

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I hope that you had a very happy holiday.