With so much going on the last few weeks getting ready for all the gifts, gobbles and glory sitting down long enough to get a blog post out there just wasn’t achievable but I am going to share a little of our Christmas with you anyway.
Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. I love all the preparation leading up to it but I have to be honest; this year it took a lot out of me! Nonetheless, I still enjoyed it and I’m not ready to start packing the decorations away just yet. I see some neighbors with their trees at the curb already, what Grinches!
So to start things off this year, we celebrated Aaron’s 34th birthday. Spontaneously he had some family from out of town come for a night to get some last minute Christmas shopping done so we had birthday cake and presents a few days early while they were here to enjoy it with him. Birthdays are a big deal in our house and with Aaron’s falling so close to Christmas I always try to make sure it’s a separate occasion just for him.
This year I baked a homemade gingerbread cake with cream cheese icing and decorated it with chocolate trees. I foolishly added too much flour which I realized after the fact but with the creamy icing it made up for the dry factor of the cake. Another life lesson. (Find recipe here).
Once the birthday was over and the first batch of guests were returning home it was time to prep the house for Santa’s arrival and more gatherings. I think I’ve cleaned my house 6 times in the last 3 days. Next year I want a maid for Christmas. We also took a detour trip to the mall so I could pick out my gift from Aaron (wah wah) but he’s been working like a mad man, and… well I’m not making excuses for him, he leaves everything to the last minute. Long story short we lost each other in the mall madness and spent an hour looking for each other so I ended up picking out an overpriced jacket from Aritzia and called it a day and we high tailed it out of there. Kind of regretting it now.
Christmas Eve was spent with cousins and friends and a quick trip to Mass in the cutest little church out in the country where my three year old did not stop talking the entire time. Then a long drive home from there only to ALMOST run out of gas on Christmas Eve, but thanks to a small town gas station along the way saved us from what could have been a huge damper on the night, but problem averted.
Once we got home the milk and cookies were put out and the little one to bed, it was time to haul out Santa’s gifts. Oh did I mention I put a huge dollhouse together by myself…twice. I’m not even getting into that one. *sore spot* Then after about three whiskey and egg nogs (try it!) I was off to bed.
7:23am: “Mom, smell my finger!” Never a good thing but it was Christmas Day and we were up! Downstairs we went and the next two hours around the tree have been the funnest I have had since Santa used to fill my stockings. The magic of Santa filled the house and the chaos of the last month made it all worth it for this morning.
Christmas dinner was held at our house and the cousins all came again where we cooked a big turkey dinner together and drank too much wine. Aside from me unintentionally hoarding the desserts it was a success, but I am so so glad it’s over.
Now for New Years Eve….