This Christmas was a blur. In fact, the older I get, the faster they seem to go. I know there were less days in between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, but I feel like it went hyper-speed fast.
There was so many things I didn’t get around to: Santa pictures. Family Christmas card. Baking and decorating cookies. Watching The Polar Express with the boys. Buying Elf on a Shelf. Getting a hair cut. The list could go on and on.
Rather than focusing on what I didn’t do…I’ll focus on what I did do: Scrooge. Made the boys’ teachers Christmas gifts. And yeah. That’s about it. 🙂
Regardless, Christmas this year was a blast and so much less stressful than normal. First, I took a piece of advice from Emily and we decided that we would only buy the boys 4 gifts each: something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read.
When we first introduced this idea to the boys, they were a little hesitant. But the more they thought about it, the more excited they got. “Do shoes count as something I need or something I wear?” “Can I switch something to read for something to watch?” “What if I need a cell phone?”
Turns out, 4 gifts was the best thing we’ve ever done. It kept things simple and they really seemed to enjoy and appreciate each of the things they got. I highly recommend doing it too!
We have a longstanding tradition of opening 1 gift on Christmas Eve. They picked gifts that were given from Nana. Here they are, waiting to open their presents. The anticipation is killing them.
What could it be?!
New remote control helicopters! For the record, these things are loud and hurt when they spin down on your foot. My mom said it was payback from that one time when I took all her good pots & pans out to my “fort” and left them there for a week.
Aidon is trying to land his helicopter on Jackson’s hand.
After presents everyone played Scattergories.
Everyone, that is, except Papa.
Then it was off to bed for the boys and time for us to get busy!
I used to be such an early riser on Christmas morning. I mean, early. Like 6am early. One time I was so excited for Christmas morning, I set all of the clocks ahead so that my family would think it was 8am, when it reality, it was about 5am. After we opened gifts and they started commenting on how dark it was outside, I confessed what I did. Since then, everyone sleeps with their cell phone underneath their pillow.
This year everyone woke up around 7:30, which is perfectly acceptable.
No, no, no. There’s a big fleece blanket inside the Seagrams box.
Jackson worked hard to earn the money to buy me this gift. So, so special…worth more than any Christmas gift money could buy.
And he also bought a new Seahawks wallet for Huz. And conveniently took his old wallet for himself. 🙂
Finally found a poster that we both agreed on: it has a vintage feel but is still all Seahawks!
As you can see, we had a very good Christmas and made even better memories. Hope you and your family had an incredible Christmas as well.