As soon as Thanksgiving ended, we jumped head first into preparations for Christmas. From going to get the tree, to keeping up with the activities on our Advent Calendar, the last few weeks were full of memory making. And then it happened...Christmas came! It seems to always sneak up on me. Really.... Christmas? Already? I love you and I'm so glad to see you but, wow! Let the celebrating begin!
We had two full days of Christmas. It all started Christmas Eve morning when we celebrated with my husbands parents, over cinnamon rolls and coffee. The kids opened some really fun presents, played for awhile and then we were off to another family gathering. During the afternoon, I struggled with feeling down and my attitude was less than cheerful. Admitting those things isn't fun because I'd love to say that I was happy and perky the whole time but, that wouldn't be real....And you can relate, right???
The candlelight service at church helped everything turn around. I could have literally sat there all night. I didn't feel like any old candlelight service. It was a worship service, and a celebration that HE came for US! During the service, Judah sat next to me and when we sang songs, his little voice rang out with mine. God is so good and I'm so thankful to be part of a church that reminds me of what Christmas is all about.
Christmas Eve continued with the opening of one present, new jammies! Paisley greeted hers with a big 'ol hug. Success!
We aren't an Elf of the Shelf family but, I did have a total blast making it look like Santa played with Judah's toys. When the discovery was made that Santa had been playing around, Judah was totally into it. Being a Mom at Christmas sure is fun, isn't it?
His first RC Car! Goodness sakes, I love being his Mom.
Later on Christmas Day, my entire family came over. After 3 hours of opening presents, one by one, turn by turn, I realized that even though it does take pretty much an eternity, I wouldn't have it any other way. We all love each other something fierce. The living room gets so crowded that the floor can't even be seen but, love was in the house and that's what Christmas is all about.
This year the kids had their own table for Christmas dinner. I wrapped the table in wrapping paper and for being 3 and 2, they all did really well. We ate in courses so, it was a longer meal but, they hung in there. I asked them to smile for a picture and this is the best that I got......
Candlelight dinner with salad, soup and bread, scalloped potatoes, ham and other delicious treats. Thankfully, we only eat this stuff once a year.
I think I gained like 5 pounds yesterday.
Time to start throwing out the leftovers.
No matter what you did, I hope it was wonderful.