I'm sad that Christmas has come and gone without mention here on the blog, let alone jotting down a few memories. Every year I feel like I've planned ahead and then every year I'm still right back where I was the year before with a frantic pace from one birthday to a Christmas party to another birthday to another Christmas party until we hit the finish line of Christmas day. Only half of my neighbor gifts have been delivered- I'm still working on those and they're turning into New Years gifts for those who haven't received one yet. Aside from that, everything made it on time including a birthday party full of 7 and 8 year old girls 3 days before Christmas, but more on that later.
This year I missed a few traditions that we've done in the past, although we also added a few new ones. Our tree didn't go up until December 16th, nine days before Christmas and way too late for my liking. Not only was it way too late, but we set it up in the basement this year. Next year I am determined to have one upstairs and one downstairs. That was my plan for this year, but I was lucky to get one tree up with the way the month went. One of the things that keeps me most grounded during the season is sitting by the tree each night in the glow of the Christmas lights. I think the fact that it was in the basement and the fact that it went up so late and the fact that I've been so busy all contributed, but I think sitting by the tree only happened once for me this year, and I felt the void. Next year will be better.
Christmas was quiet and lovely. We opened presents and the kids were delighted. We visited my dad. I spent the afternoon cooking dinner and we arrived at my in-laws around 4:30 to eat. Instead of a formal affair, we ended up with a Christmas picnic for my mother-in-law who is still recovering from her surgery. We had a nice visit and then came home, skyped with my mom, and headed to bed.
The past few days have been spent in pajamas playing with new toys, snacking all day until dinner, and enjoying the lack of structure. A ton of snow has been even more reason to stay home. All of the play dates I was planning on haven't happened, but I've really enjoyed hanging out with my own little family.
Hope your Christmas was merry and bright. I am grateful as always for the birth of my Savior. Last Sunday we did the nativity with the children at church with full costumes and a stable. It was a great way to focus on what is really most important at Christmas- the birth of a baby sent to change the world.