So, Christmas. That was wild, wasn't it?
I don't know about you, but I felt totally caught up in a whirlwind there towards the end. Sucked into Christmas, that was me. But it all ended wonderfully. I heard 6 times (because I was counting) that this was the "Best. Christmas. EVER!". Music to a Mom's ears. We kept things low key and low tech, and followed that great rule of Christmas "something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read" with the gift giving. Santa brought things they hadn't asked for (and I can tell you, I was sweating bullets--will they like it or did I just RUIN Christmas?) but that they completely loved.
Sadly, I'm still sliding down on that learning curve of low light photography, and I didn't get many pictures that I loved. Here's my favourite though:
That's my family, opening their Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve. Hubby is hiding from the camera (I have so many photos of him holding something in front of his face, you'd think he was in witness protection or something). The kids are tearing into their presents but can't help sneaking a peek to see what everyone else is getting.
And listen; I know Christmas isn't about the presents, but for me they certainly add to the magic. I love watching and listening to the excitement as they wonder what magic will be wrought. I love how they quivered with barely leashed excitement as they sat through our scripture reading, and then managed to make intelligent comments about the Christmas story, even when they really just wanted to get to the gifts. I love the joy, the surprise, the drama and delight of Christmas morning at least as much as I enjoy the peace and quiet of the aftermath. I'm so blessed that we can give them that, and so thankful for all the secret santas who help. You know who you are! Christmas wouldn't be the same without you.
It's all a big blur of happiness (and gluttony, and a looooooooot of sloth) in my head right now, so much so that I haven't been able to sort out what should be blogged about. Let's just say it's been great. Wonderful. Happy. Blessings abound.
I hope you can say the same!
*this is what I get asked almost every day. The Princess started it and has since figured out how to ask properly, but the Boy still asked the mixed up way. I love it. And after all the sloth around here, I may have to ask him. I'm not sure I know what Today it is either.