And just like that, another Christmas has come and gone.
After spending the past five days celebrating in various ways, the alarm this morning felt rather surreal. I can hardly believe it is all over and its time to get back to normal, everyday living. That doesn’t mean I can’t extend Christmas just a wee bit longer, though, by remembering the festivities today (then possibly having a special gift for you all tomorrow).
We started celebrating the merriment this past Friday night with a holiday party with our friends. We all gathered together to share some sweet & salty dishes plus have a little fun with a White Elephant gift exchange. Gosh, I always love those types of parties!
I brought a couple books I had already read plus a couple extra bags of Love Grown granola to share since I always like to spread the love. I think my gift was well received. As was all the delicious food! I enjoyed a couple mini sweet potato and black bean burgers alongside some pita chips and hummus to start, then definitely sampled the desserts of all shapes and sizes.
We had a fabulous time to kick off our holiday festivities, which all continued into the weekend when we celebrated Christmas with Peter’s family on Sunday afternoon after church.
I have to say, I feel very appreciative for his mother’s decision to celebrate on a different day to allow us all more time on Christmas day for other places to visit. Typically, we would make the stop here last and feel rushed and have to deal with exhausted kids just ready to go home. This time though, we could really spend time with family and enjoy the day together. We did so in the usual Italian style – packed rooms, lots of conversation, family joking and heckling, and the traditional feast of ravioli, sausage, and meatballs.
It may not be my personal favorite, but I think the kids like it. What do you think? Ha! I also know I still quite enjoyed the meal for the time together. Plus, I always have room for the numerous cookies that come with the day. You better believe I had myself more than a couple from the cookie platters…which somehow I never got a picture of them. I guess I was too busy taste testing the different kinds. Whoops? Nah!
Eventually, we did gifts with his family and then had to make our way home for bedtime for the kids. What a long, busy day but the fun was only just beginning as we welcomed my family into our home on Christmas Eve. We pretty much lounged around most of Christmas Eve afternoon, laughing and sharing memories over a glass of red wine and some of my Tortellini Soup for dinner.
I couldn’t have asked for a better evening…unless of course if Heather and Tim were able to be there (my sister and her fiancé). It’s okay – they came for the big stuff the following morning. I have to say that seeing the delight on the kids’ faces as they come around the corner Christmas morning never fails to make my heart swell with my own overflowing happiness. Although probably not as much happiness as when they get more excited over the fact it is for Jesus’ birthday.
Their gifts were well received – Makenzie got “all things Hello Kitty!!!” just as she asked and Braedon loved his new Mickey Mouse toys.
That dancing Mickey came from my uncle and was such a huge hit. I think the breakdancing Mickey (yes, breakdancing Mickey) is really cool right now but we’ll see how I feel after hearing him dance and sing for the next week straight. At least he doesn’t sing “hot dog hot dog hot diggity dog”. You moms know what I’m talking about no doubt.
Moving on. Even after all that fun, we still weren’t done. One last special place to visit – my G-Pa’s for Christmas lunch with my dad’s side of the family.
Once again, it felt great to really have time to spend with all of my cousins, aunts, and uncles instead of having to rush from one place to the next. Just as to be expected, our time here included even more reminiscing, laughter, catching up, food, and more wine.
We left late that afternoon officially full – of good food…and also love and cheer. I hope for all who celebrated that yours was just the same. Now time to get back to reality! Have a great day!
Your Turn: What was the best part of your celebrations of any of your holiday fun (no matter what you celebrate)?