We had a fairly mellow Christmas this year. I managed to get most of my Christmas shopping done early, but saved the remaining holiday events for the week before Christmas. First up was the preschool Holiday Happenings, in which the children go to different classrooms singing the song they practiced in the weeks prior. Jude's class sung Jingle Bell Rock and Margot's class sung Jingle Bells. Margot came down with a terrible cold and cough that night and was not too much in the Christmas spirt.
Next up was getting our tree just five days before Christmas. This made the selection process much easier, as there were only three full size trees remaining at the lot. And the other good news, was that the chocolate dipped strawberries at the fruit stand next door were peanut free. Win, win! Getting the tree up this year proved to be a bit more challenging, and after dumping a gallon of water in the tree stand we found out it had a crack in it, but Jude and Margot did a fabulous job decorating the beloved Christmas tree and all was well. They were also very excited and interested in seeing Santa and we managed to go on a quiet morning for a quick visit, which is lightyears progress from two years ago car smash fiasco.
We baked gingerbread cookies with friends, wore Christmas PJs each night (Star Wars for Jude and Pink Fairies for Margot), we hung Christmas lights outside for the first time along with two wreaths, Jude and I went with Nana to Christmas Eve mass and all of the other usual Christmas happenings were squeezed into the week. On Christmas Eve night, Jude and Margot hung their stockings and set out and ate cookies and carrots for Santa and his reindeer. Christmas morning the kids awoke excited to see what Santa brought. Jude knew what to expect this year, but last year's Christmas was a long way ago for Margot. However, once Margot got a few gifts in, she seemed to have gift opening pretty well figured out. Santa brought Jude a new red big kid bike along with the Inside Out guys he asked Santa for and a few Star Wars figurines as well. Santa brought Margot a white Jenny Lind doll bed and an adorable pink flamingo, as well as replacement pink heart sunglasses, since someone at preschool snapped the sides of her first pair, and a "big Elsa doll" as requested to Santa himself. Our families came over for pancakes for breakfast and the kids opened lots more gifts from near and far. We took a pause for nap time and then had Christmas dinner with Nana, Papa and Uncle Raney. We had Margot's favorite, lasagna. Christmas as a parent sure feels like a frivolous task, but for Jude and Margot it sure seemed to be a very beloved time of year. It was a nice Christmas with much to be thankful and a lot to look forward to in the new year ahead.