Christmas Recap

I’d love to wax philosophical on this day after Christmas, but I’m honestly not feeling philosophical.  I’m mostly just feeling tired — and content.  We had a great couple of days celebrating the birth of Jesus.  We sang “Happy Birthday” to Him, we ate some good food, we visited with family and we opened mounds of gifts.  We played a lot.  We read a lot.  We sang a lot.  Yep, it was good.

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday.  I love the lights.  I love the baking.  I love the reason for the season.  This Christmas, however, was probably the funnest Christmas I’ve had since I was a child.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had lots of great Christmases as an adult.  I’ve been blessed with loving family.  Some Christmases buying gifts wasn’t an issue.  Other years it was hard, but we muddled through and had fun in spite of hard times.  We even managed to have a bit of fun the Christmas we spent in the hospital when my mother-in-law had a heart attack.  We shared Christmas cookies with nurses and counted our blessings that my mother-in-law, though she’d have recovery ahead of her, was going to pull through.  That was a decade ago.  She is still going incredibly strong, as I’m sure she will for decades to come.

Checking out the refrigerator in her new kitchen on Christmas morning. The kiddo was thrilled!

But, this Christmas was funner.  Christmas as a parent is beyond fun.  While this is Lexiana’s third Christmas, it is her first that she has had a clue what was happening.  And while she was excited for all the parts of Christmas, I think I was even more so.  In fact, I was up an hour and a half before her yesterday waiting for her to wake up so she could see the play kitchen Santa had left for her along with other presents as well.  I wanted her to see the plate of cookies that was now merely crumbs and the empty glass of milk.

It was fun.  I couldn’t ask for a better holiday this year.  We are blessed immensely.  This week will bring some more downtime as a family with my husband taking a couple of extra days off.  We’ll play some more.  I’m sure lots more food will be prepared in her new kitchen.  And it will be fun.  While I can’t believe that 2011 is about to come to a close, I look forward to 2012 and what this next year will bring.

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