I don't know how it happened, but it looks like we pulled it all together for another Christmas. I really should have more faith, it's like this every year. We worry, and struggle, and fret, for months - all to no avail - then, at the last minute, it all comes together.
In fact, this year may include a special treat. The kids have always argued that they should be allowed to open their gifts on Christmas eve, after all, Jesus was born on Christmas eve, not Christmas morning. I don't know why, tradition I guess, Roy and I have always fought it. This year, I just got tired of fighting, so we let them open their gifts this evening. After all, it's not like we have to pretend that we have to wait for Santa anymore. So . . . For the first time in 30 years, I get to sleep in on Christmas morning !!!!! It's going to be weird, but I think that I could get used to it.
While the kids checked out their new "toys," I spent the rest of my Christmas eve baking cookies and putting together gift baskets for our family get together tomorrow afternoon at my mom's house. Nick is bringing Jennifer with him, ( he bought her a lovely engagement ring for Christmas!) My nephew is bringing his new wife, and my niece will have her new baby (who I haven't seen yet) with her. This little family get together just keeps getting bigger and bigger. The only one who won't be there is my youngest brother and his wife. They are currently living in St. Louis, MO. and he is still recovering from surgery, and I'm sure, the loss of time at work that all that entails.
So . . . now that I've survived this far, I can relax and look forward to just spending time with my family, and eating lots of food, on Christmas day. Whew! I feel like I huge burden has just been lifted. I'm going to go sit on the couch, put my feet up and just relax now.
I hope you ALL have a fabulous Christmas as well !!!!!!!