Merry Christmas! Are you struggling with the post-holiday hangover? I am. I don’t know if it’s this cold I’m fighting off or the ridiculous weather but this year’s Christmas really kicked my butt. It was well worth it though. It was a fantastic holiday and I have zero regrets. Well I wish it would have snowed or been at least cooler than sixty-seven degrees but I can’t really control that so it’s not really a regret.
This was our first Christmas celebrating on our own, ever. I was worried it wasn’t going to feel very “Christmas-y” or traditional but that ended up being unfounded. We went to Christmas Eve mass at the church down the street from us and had a very nice experience. After the service, we came home had “fancy” macaroni and cheese (read: not out of the box orange variety) on my Christmas dishes while we were still wearing our church clothes. After dinner, we got the kids bathed and in their jammies and then came back downstairs to start a new tradition: Christmas movie and hot chocolate. It may not seem like something big but it was a nice way to unwind but still feel special to the kids and it’ll be something that we can carry with us wherever we go. After the kids were in bed, Tim and I sat down to adult hot chocolate (contains lots of Bailey’s) and “Christmas Vacation”.
Christmas morning was nothing short of spectacular. The kids slept until about seven-thirty and laid in bed quietly with us for a few more minutes which is a gift in itself. You can see the tree from the top of the staircase and when Sophia saw her bike she froze and looked at me with surprise. “There’s a bike!” she whispered. She had asked Santa for a Princess Celestia and a “training bike”. To see the bike waiting for her made Santa’s magic real for his this year. It was an awesome moment. Jack was happy that there were tools for him and he was so content with each gift he unwrapped that he wanted to stop opening presents and just enjoy the toy in his hand. Both kids were so pleased and grateful for their gifts it reminded me what great people they really are, even when they are whining and fighting and driving us up the wall.
(A reminder where it all started and where we are now.)
We spent the rest of the day enjoying one another’s company, relaxing, and checking out our gifts. The kids played with one another and shared their new toys. Watching Sophia learn how to ride a big bike was fantastic, especially once she got the hang of it. There really isn’t anything better than seeing your kid take pride in an accomplishment. We listened to Christmas music and had a delicious, if I do say so myself, meal of roast lamb and trimmings. We finished the night off with the kids with dessert and a new book. Once they were asleep, Tim and I treated ourselves to some Christmas whisky and another movie before heading to bed.
I couldn’t have asked for a better day. There was no stress, no demands that we had to be somewhere, or felt like we were missing out on an invitation we turned down. I’m not sure what next year holds for us but this is the type of holiday I could get on board with.
How did you spend your holidays?