Monday, December 28, 2015

the one with the Christmas wrap up

Christmas.  The day that seems to take the most work leading up to it every.single.year.  And yet, it is still my favorite holiday to celebrate.  I love to see all the lights, the lights on the tree and the light in my children's eyes.  It is a magical time for me.  At least that is my desire, to make it a special and fun time.  That is why we have so many traditions.


This year seemed extra special to me.  I'm not sure why that is.  Going into the Christmas season I knew that I did not want to be overly busy, yet we were.  Actually busier than all the previous years it seems.  The thing that I was avoiding as much as possible - stress.

It seems like every year the stress (and sugar!) get to me.  Learning to not stress out if things don't go as planned, that was a wonderful lesson to learn!

 

I put off my Christmas baking longer than I ever have, and was unable to deliver goodies to some friends.  They will instead be after Christmas treats.  There were activities I had planned that were put on the back burner, and then their was a teething baby who decided to come down with a low-grade fever right before our Christmas Eve party.

Christmas Eve was spent at our house with friends.  I made a ton of food and invited people over to visit, there were a lot of kids, and a lot of cookie decorating.  It was a great time, and a tradition that I have been trying to re-create since my mom stopped her Christmas Eve party.  My mom was on hand to hold my little one much of the evening so that I could play hostess.  While I would have loved Lucy not to have been teething, she was a trooper and just wanted to be passed back and forth between my mom, Matt and I for cuddles.


After all of our friends left I worked on getting the house somewhat cleaned up, and the kids watched a Christmas movie.  When everyone was finally in bed around 9pm, Matt and I started the wrapping that we had put off the entire month.


Yes, that is a little late to start wrapping!

I do enjoy that little bit of procrastination and the self-made craze that happens on Christmas Eve with no wrapping done.


I was convinced that the kids would be up super early on Christmas morning, so I made it a point to wake up super early, get the coffee going, and sat down to look at my tree with the lights glowing since it was still dark outside.  And I waited.

...and waited...and waited some more...until finally Emma woke up at the very late hour of 7:45.  Now, that may not seem late, but for my girl who loves to roll out of bed at 5:45 every morning and have quiet time with mama, this was an accomplishment.  


She opened her stocking while I took videos of her, and then we sat together and had some special mother daughter time.  

Matt and Lucy didn't get up until 8:30 and then Jack was up at 9!  It was a very late morning for my kids!

My mom came up at 9, thinking she would have missed all the presents, but we hadn't even started.  

We spent the rest of the morning leisurely opening presents, and putting Lucy down for a nap multiple times.


I had planned an amazing brunch menu, blueberry cake, breakfast casserole, and my mom was bringing a delicious fruit cup - but the only thing we ended up with was the fruit cup!

We ate leftovers and decided to hold off on making anymore food on Christmas Day.  It doesn't seem very Christmas-y to not have a Christmas dinner, but we didn't, and that was OK!  Instead, the kids played with toys, we continued holding Lucy through her teething troubles, and overall enjoyed one another's company.


Why am I sharing such a detailed description of our Christmas with you?  Well, partly to remember it for myself.  The reason I started blogging so long ago was to have these memories written down.  The other reason?  Because I want to stress that it is OK when things don't go quite as planned.  We still had an amazing Christmas even though Lucy was under the weather and cried for four days straight.  We still had an amazing Christmas even though we ate leftovers on Christmas Day instead of having a nice meal.  We still enjoyed Christmas even though I forgot to give the kids their last two Advent bags because the house was in chaos.  

I am incredibly excited about what 2016 will bring for my family and for this blog.  It is a wonderful thing to be able to look forward and back and have peace about life.  

Over the next couple of weeks I plan to bring a lot of reflection of the previous year and also to share my goals for the New Year.  I hope that you will join me in this!

What was your favorite part of the holiday season this year?

19 comments:

  1. I am honestly glad it's over. I feel like all the stress and feeling of being overwhelmed is gone and I can finally relax :)

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  2. I think it's a great reminder to cut yourself some slack and just change your plans to make the day enjoyable for all! Good for you!

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  3. It sounds like a magic Christmas! It's so important to realize that the memories are what's important more than making sure everything is picture perfect. Also, thanks for the reminder that we start our blogs to remember! I've gotten away from more personal posts like this, but I might want to try it out again!

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  4. Aw sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas glad it was magical. I am glad that the hectic festivities have died down... well until Thursday/ Friday anyway!

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  5. It sounds like you had such a special holiday. I LOVE the tradition of a Christmas Eve party. We had one last year and then the thought of doing it again this year seemed overwhelming. Maybe next year, right?!

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  6. We always do Christmas dinner on Christmas eve. That way we don't have to worry about cooking on Christmas day. Your gingerbread house is darling!!!!

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  7. I think (okay, know) that a huge amount of holiday stress is surrounded in the fact that we build up the days to go a certain way, so they can be awesome, and we spend a lot of energy trying to make them so. When in reality, most of it is out of our own control. We can put all the pieces together, but when dealing with other people (as holidays do), there is no way to ensure that it all happens the way we envisioned it.
    But that's okay. The way you envisioned things to happen could have been awesome, sure, but the way things actually happened (or are happening) can be just as awesome. It's easy to forget that there is no right or wrong way to do holidays.

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  8. such a sweet reminder. I think us as mamas we always stress out so much on having everything picture perfect. Especially us bloggers! Such a good reminder to remember that things don't need to go as planned- and to enjoy it all!

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  9. What a lovely holiday wrap up! I too got to enjoy waking up a bit later on Christmas Day, even though I expected to be woken up much earlier!

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  10. I have never heard of blueberry cake and this is the second time I heard it mentioned in one day! I bet it's delicious...I'm off to find a recipe!

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  11. I celebrated year 3 of stress free holidays! We have an annual Christmas Even party with family and friends that I love to host. It's enjoyed as much as Christmas Day.

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  12. I love this post! I had bought four gingerbread house for the kids to be built, but there never seemed to be the time. I thought they were going to go to waste. However, they were perfect for Christmas night when all the cousins came over. The kids spontaneously decided to hold a gingerbread house building competition. They formed teams and gave themselves a one hour time limit. It was fun watching them! You just never know :)

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  13. Their jammies are just so darn cute! It sounds like it was a magical christmas and a beautiful brunch!

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  14. It looks like you had such wonderful festive with family and friends. The food looks yummy. Now that Christmas is over, at least we can sit back and relax a bit.

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  15. The holidays are hard. You get high expectations for what you think your Christmas commercial would look like. But you have to roll with it. Next year no dinner only appetizers.

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  16. Looks like you had an amazing holiday with your family. Lots of baking in your house. I'm honestly relieved it's all over. I get so exhausted from being on the go! I'm sure the kids will appreciate all the hard work and have such memories when they're older though. That's why we do it after all, isn't it?

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  17. I'll admit that I always look forward to when the holiday season is over. This is mostly because my schedule gets jam-packed, making it hard to enjoy the holidays.

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  18. We skipped the baking and the cards this year. We skipped on presents and instead too the kids on a Disney world vacation! Next year we will revisit all the normal stuff but this year we are playing in the sand!

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  19. Awwww sounds like y'all had a pretty fabulous holiday!!!! Christmas definitely rocked this year,but I sure am glad it's over ;-)

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