Christmas has come and gone. It always makes me sad. So much build up and then “poof” it’s gone. Time to wait a whole other year for it to return.
Honestly it never felt like Christmas to me this year. I wasn’t excited, I didn’t have that fluttering heart I usually have, and even with the snow storm on Christmas eve, it still, to me, didn’t feel like it was here.
And now it’s gone. Before I even got a chance to let it warm me heart and soul – which I could have really used this year.
It’s not like it didn’t happen though, it did. We spent time with family, received many wonderful gifts and I even whisked away with friends to enjoy some of the time off at the cabin.
Christmas eve I took the day off to prep and bake cookies. Then my family and I braved a blizzard to drive to my aunt’s house in Emmett, about 45 minutes away. I ate and ate and ate, loved up on my cousins, and watched them enjoy many new gifts, including the matching dresses two of my little girl cousins received. They insisted on putting on a “show” afterwards as one of their brothers played the harmonica for their dance music.
Afterwards my parents dropped me off at the BF’s parents’ house for a second Christmas eve. More presents were exchanged and midnight (and Christmas) seemed to come quite quickly.
Christmas morning we headed to my parents’ house for Blood Mary’s, more gifts and a delicious brunch.
We had barely gotten comfortable there when it was time to pick up and leave for the BF’s aunt and uncle’s for more family time, the best ham I’ve ever eaten, and long interesting discussion about ancestors.
It was not the most exciting of Christmases, but it was wonderful all the same.
I hope next year it hits me a little more – and that time slows down so I can actually enjoy it.
PS - I took a lot more photos with my new camera, but I haven't had a chance to upload them yet!
PPS - I also had a wonderful little girls’ trip over the weekend – but more on that later.
Cheers to yet another successful holiday and a happy new year!!!