So, This year was a bit different than usual.
Normally, we do our Immediate Family celebrations on Christmas morning and then get together with one side of the family in the afternoon and then do the other side of the family on Boxing Day.
This year, we were already in town for the Christmas Eve service at our church and so we just stayed in and celebrated Christmas Eve with Jon’s Parents and the rest of the family from Jon’s side.
We spent Boxing Day with my side of the family and on Christmas Day………
Christmas Day was a day spent quietly and gloriously at home.
I was dreading spending Christmas Day without family, but things have been SO CRAZY BUSY in our lives and I was looking at 4 straight days in a row of going, going, going and I figured that if I kept up the pace that by the 5th day…..I’d be going, going, going, GONE!
And so, we decided to just have a quiet, “down” day with just us for Christmas Day.
All I had running through my head was my own Childhood experiences and memories which led me to believe that Christmas morning was AWESOME with the stockings, and family breakfast and then gift opening and then having a grandparent or two swing past with more presents and then……..
….and then all I can remember is how boring Christmas Afternoon/Evening was…….until I became a teenager and friends would come over and we’d play games or go and see a movie or something…
I had an amazing family and I know that this is not “the truth” this is a young girls memory of how exciting the morning was and how the afternoon/evening paled in comparison…..so you can guess that the morning was pretty freaking amazing. Let’s just leave it at MOUNTAINS of GIFTS…….and move on from there……
I was feeling a bit stressed that I wouldn’t enjoy Christmas and that I’d feel kinda bummed and a little bit sad and lonely.
The kids slept in on Christmas morning…how’s that for a Christmas miracle.
Everyone was still asleep at 8am…then they all woke up and got their stockings while Jon and I tried to wake up. We’d stayed up late wrapping presents. Stupid, stupid, STUPID!!!!!….We do this every year and then every year we swear to do things differently. GAH!
Around 9am we came down and had our traditional “Sugar Cereal” breakfast (I don’t buy sugar cereal almost ever so it’s a pretty huge deal when we do get some) and when that was done, we started in to the presents.
I don’t remember the “timing” of the rest of the day, but it was the most relaxing, quiet, slow, amazing day that we have had as a family in a long, LONG time!
There was no place to go and nothing to do aside from “just being” together. We started a puzzle, played games, had some food, and even watched a movie together in the early evening.
I felt “recharged” at the end of the day, which is so out of the ordinary. Typically we come home and feel like we’re about to die, knowing that we have another whole day to
get through celebrate with the family.
Don’t get me wrong. We love our families, but sometimes the pace of it all feels overwhelmingly insane. I loved the fact that looking back at the “Christmas Holiday’s” – I actually felt like I had a holiday and didn’t feel like I needed a holiday to get over the “holiday’s”.
It was a great Christmas! It was probably the BEST Christmas that I’ve ever had…..but then again I say that every year.
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Beautiful Pictures!!! So happy you had such a good day. Your picture was missing Patti ,altho I did recognise you pretty painted toes.The kids are all growing up so fast. Hoping you have a good week end. Love Grandma.
I like your picture.
Love the pictures…. love the ornament…!
I remember the Christmas I spent with your family in 1996. You all surprised me by bringing Syd out to your moms. That was the start of our relationship and look, on Valentine’s day it will be 12 years married. Pretty cool. Love your family!!
Sounds relaxing, as Christmas should be ;0)
Sugar cereal is a treat for us too. We usually have it Saturday’s…Saturday Sugar Cereal…easy for the kids to remember ;0) And trust me, they remember!