Questions like these:
- Mom, are black jeans the same as blue ones?
- Why can't Christmas be today?
- Do we have to go to school when we are on Christmas Vacation?
- Why do I have to go to bed when I want to play games on the ipad?
- Can I have waffles today?
- Can we open ONE present on Christmas Eve?
- Have you seen Max the Elf today?
- Why do I have to sleep in my own room?
- Why do we have to do homework?
- 5 minutes after dinner . . . Mom, can I have a snack? Really?
Our Old Fashioned Family Christmas is getting closer and closer . . . less than one week . . . six short days from now. Today my office staff were my wrapping elves and they all did a FABULOUS job! I am more than THRILLED they accomplished so much! I have a few gifts here at home that I need to get wrapped and there are a few more at the office to wrap and tag . . . but 90% are ready.
Friday evening our Family Christmas begins at our niece and nephew's house. We will have a blast! Saturday, Christmas Eve will be at my sister's house . . . more fun! Christmas Day . . . we will stay home. We discovered a few years ago how wonderful it is to spend Christmas Day at home with our children. Usually, my Mom and Dad join us for a waffle breakfast . . . although this year Christmas is on a Sunday and that throws breakfast waffles up in the air. So, we are thinking about Monday morning waffles instead. I am planning a turkey dinner and all the trimmings on Christmas Day . . . a very unhurried and enjoyable meal. Our Christmas Day will be relaxed . . . watching our kids open their gifts, take plenty of pictures and treasure each and every moment.
I urge you . . . this Christmas focus on FAMILY. Christmas isn't about getting yourself all stressed, freaking out when things aren't perfect or overloading each other.
This past year has reminded us . . . life is too short to fret about the small stuff. Celebrating life and spending it with those you love is the MOST important. Making Memories . . . having family together and loving one another . . . the ONLY things that matter! So, take the time to snuggle with your hubby, your kiddos, grandchildren . . . and grandparents, aunts and uncles. Make those memories . . . the ones you will ALWAYS remember!