Cure for Christmas Blues (Keep the Christmas Feels!)
Merry Christmas! Happy NEW Year! Hello 2019!
Did I get it all?! I am STILL listening to Christmas carols at home (when does that channel go away?!) 😜 - and I literally JUST figured out how to inset an Emoji… It REALLY is a new year!
We have basically spent the past two weeks, since school letting out, at HOME, in our pajamas- and it has been glorious! I used to have a big need to go, go go, and see, see, see and do, do, do, but this year, this season, I just wanted to rest. I listened to my body, I listened to my family, and we just did what felt right and it went so easy! I wasn’t hyping them up first thing in the morning to get ready to go anywhere, husband did the breakfasts after I did the early morning milk and cartoons, we shared lunch duties, we had delicious meals and snacks at home, husband went and got a bottle of champagne and some wine for mama for New Years, and we spent the holidays just TOGETHER and it was PERFECT!
We had already visited Santa, we already did our annual ice skating excursion, went to the Nutcracker, CHECK! Skipped the advent calendar of activities as I had done in the past, I said no to an ornament exchange party, which sounded so much fun, I used to host one every year in my single days, and I declined a gingerbread decorating party for the girls because I knew that was ONE thing I really wanted to do with my girls this year since I totally BOTCHED it last year. BUT look at these CUTIES decorating ginger houses at Michael’s craft store a couple years ago!😢 SO TINY!!! And it just felt REALLY good to be just with them and JUST them this year. I saw something recently…. JOMO (joy of missing out) and I guess that was unintentionally my take on the holidays this year.
We had roasted chicken with vegetables and salad on Christmas night, and NYE we had steak and brussels, asparagus and salad and we went around the table and said what our goals were for the new year. We got fancy and dressed to table up with my china plates, and added some sparkle with strewn confetti around the table from a bag I keep in the cupboards. I had a bottle of sparkling cider in the fridge and I put it in tiny teal glass flutes with frozen pomegranate seeds for the girls to do a toast. Bad idea on the glasses, one got broke, but I was so calm and HAPPY, rather than getting super bent out of shape, like I normally do, I reassured Lo that accidents happen, and I don’t even think I popped up from my seat before husband was sweeping it up. I lit some taper candles and before the girls went up to bath, I let them each blow one out and make one last wish for 2018. I wonder what was in their tiny heads! Lo said, “And I’m not gonna tell ‘ya either…”
The girls had an incredible Christmas and it felt like they were opening up things all morning! It is SO FUN to make these girls’ worlds merry… and so easy. They played and played and PLAYED, and have been playing happily since Santa came.
I have so many photos below that I’m sharing tonight, with my OLD camera….because mama got a brand new CAM for 2019, thanks to her love. I know I am the absolute WORST present opener/gift receiver EVER, but I want him to know how grateful and appreciative I am for doing allllll the research on the upgrade and being so generous and excited and LOVING to me. I love you so. We used his FANCY waffle iron Christmas morning for some golden, crisp Santa faces!
While husband and I did manage to catch insane head colds, I polished off a box of Alka Seltzer cold tablets and a bag of Ricola lemon drops myself, the girls have managed to thankfully stay well. I am so paranoid it is coming! Another reason for the major recluse behavior! Despite sinus congestion, fevers, chills, aches, throat dry and soreness…and overall crumby feels, we all had a delightful Christmas truly, and I couldn’t help but think about that famous song, “I’ll be home for Christmas…” and secretly wish for my girls to always be with me this time of year. They can bring their husbands, and their kids, o I can go to them, but we need to be together.
So very excited to try out my new camera, but of course couldn’t stop myself from capturing EVERY, SINGLE. SURPRISE they ecstatically opened for us. What a joy, what a time in our life, what happiness our girls bring to us, for us, and if you think about it…. because of US.
Wishing you all a very CONTENT new year, filled with positivity, kindness and gratitude.
I haven’t the foggiest of what is to come our way in the next year, and I’m not one to get overly excited about the unknown and haven’t really got anything cooking besides raising these girls, so you won’t get an enthusiastic, “So excited for you 2019,” from me, but I can say I am THANKFUL and HAPPY and meditating on this place. The year, the month, the day, the hours may change, but I think its important to evolve naturally and intentionally so there you have it. No resolutions, no diets, no goals, just being and continuing to do our best….