Ready or not, Christmas Day arrived right on time. I suppose I should say I was ready. The gifts were wrapped and under the tree. The stockings were stuffed, albeit barely, before the kids awoke. The aroma of the eggnog and cinnamon breakfast cakes filled the house, and by 10 AM we were all gathered around the tree.
Link arrived Christmas Eve while I was at work. That was the hardest part for me. I didn’t think I minded working on Christmas Eve until I got to work on Christmas Eve. During my long commute I thought about the Christmas Eve pasts. And like Clark Griswold in the attic, I had tears running down my face by the time I got to work.
I consoled myself with the fact that this year would be different anyway. With Hubby’s parents both gone, we needed to make new traditions. Of course, I hope working Christmas Eve isn’t the new tradition, but it allowed me all of Christmas and the next few days at home with the family.
And Christmas Day was a blast!
I sat in my corner of the couch and happily listened to the banter going back and forth between the kids. ] They’re so funny and were having a great time.
And I was so impressed with the thoughtful gifts. Not just with my salad lunch box kit,
but with Link’s gift to Chip:
A very impressive drawing of one of his favorite characters. Tears came to my eyes as Chip told the story of how he wasn’t sure what the character looked like and wanted a picture. Link did some research on the character and devised a portrait based on his findings.
I’m so proud of who they are becoming, and it warms my heart to hear them laughing and joking and getting along so well. Chip, who just lives in the next town, was enjoying himself so much, he didn’t go home for three days! Or maybe it was the access to all the free food that kept him there. Either way, it was great having everyone home again.
I’d say Christmas was a success, despite not having all the cookies and goodies I had hoped to make. Maybe even more so because I didn’t try to squeeze baking in with everything else.
There’s always next year!