This is the fourth, and final part to my Christmas Blog Series. Enjoy.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
This day brings out the best… and the worse in people. We try to sleep in, open presents, and chow down on food, but do we look into the other end of the spectrum? In between sleeping in, unwrapping presents, and chowing down; there is this.
Through all of the oooh’s and awww’s, there is paper… every where. Let us not sweat the small things, such as the paper. We can make due of the mess. Let us not worry about the dishes that are piling up after making homemade noodles. And overall, let us not worry about the stress of the day, rather let us be happy of the good times, the memories, the excitement.
As a mother, we go through a cycle of excitement for Christmas. As a child, we are excited ourselves to get to see what Santa had brought down from the North Pole. Now, the roles switch. We get to see the excitement on our child(ren)’s faces. We get to relive our childhood Christmas through our children… and it sends such a warm, fuzzy feeling down our spines, right?
In our home this year we have a blended family. On Christmas Eve, we have the four stepchildren all day. This is when we will be opening up their presents, as well as a few of my biological daughter’s (so she does not feel left out). We then are having a Cookie Decorating Bar. This is an example we are basing off of:
We will have made sugar cookies the night before, then sit the children down in front of an array of decorating items such as sprinkles, icing, chocolate balls, peppermints, and much more. Knowing that our youngest two (BD3 and SD2) cannot have hot cocoa, we decided a Cookie Decorating Bar was the best option for all to participate.
During the day we will be having homemade sub sandwiches for lunch (so they can hurry and get to the presents) and pizza for dinner. This way we do not have to worry about dinners and a lot of dishes just for a few people. Rather, we get to enjoy the time with the children and let them have a day of playing with their new toys (we do not send any toys home, other than one gift).
I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season, and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I know the holidays bring stress and ALOT of planning, but relax, momma. You are the best event planner I know! You do not have to go all out to make your children happy. The experiences and memories will live on for a lifetime.
Once again, do not sweat on the small stuff this Christmas. Cherish every moment that you get, because they do not last forever. The dishes can wait, the paper can easily be thrown away, and the messes are memories.
What are some of your favorite Christmas memories or traditions? Comment down below, or follow me on my Instagram page to carry on the conversation! There are many families with the same traditions as you, so why not relive them?!