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?