My Christmas spirit finally kicked in. It took awhile this year. The Sailor and kids started Christmas break yesterday, I made the biggest grocery trip of my life last night, stocking up on all of the goodies we'll need for our Christmas ham, our New Years roast, and the obscene amount of Christmas tree cupcakes I plan to bake since no one is asking for pie. And today while baking said cupcakes (pictures later), I made my first glass of egg nog. If you're looking for a good homemade recipe, this was amazing, but it's a lot of work. This year we bought some good bourbon and a carton of golden egg nog prepared. Shake, pour, top, yum!
Last night we watched It's a Wonderful Life, which I hadn't seen in probably 10 years, and I was reminded that this is a good time to stop working on anything unnecessary and start focusing on enjoying our children and our time together. Sometimes we get so busy trying to make things a good time that we forget to have a good time; and in this case, having a good time means relaxing with long books, warm quilts, sweet holiday movies, and decadent food.
Some of you asked about Elf of the Shelf when I didn't mention it in our holiday routine post- we don't do Elf on the Shelf. I won't say 'hate', but I strongly dislike and totally don't understand that practice. Another glaring omission in our holiday check list compared to other families, I've noticed this week, is a visit to Santa. I love seeing everyone's photos of their kids with Santa. The big smiles are precious, and the meltdowns are hilarious. We don't have any such pictures, because we don't take them. My ten year olds still believe in Santa. They ask a lot of questions, but we've managed to keep the dream alive, and I hope to for as long as possible. The biggest thing we've got going for us is that they've never seen Santa. Because they can't see Santa, he won't allow it. That's why everyone has to be asleep for him to bring gifts. Why would Santa, in the midst of the busiest time of year for him, hang out at Willow Bend Mall for photo ops? What if this particular Santa doesn't have a real beard, or has an accent, or is padded instead of legitimately fat? What if that one move ruins the fantasy?
I've enjoyed, but never envied anyone's Santa pictures, until this post over at 'This Organic Life' . I don't know for certain, but I think NYC's Macy's Santa might be the real thing. New York City is such a unique place to visit, I love reading about this family's trips into the city, especially this time of year. Go check out Morgan's post about their experience with Santa for a little Christmas magic.
I'm hoping to get plenty of pictures this Christmas since it's Margo's very first one. I want to capture their holiday jammies, story time, gift unwrapping, the big meal, and maybe even jump in a shot myself, to prove my existence. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! See you on the flip side!
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