Our Christmas was very nice and enjoyable. The kids loved all of their gifts, but we did miss having family visiting. This was the first Christmas in 8 years that my family hasn't been here with us. I missed them madly.
After dinner, the kids get to open their traditional Christmas Eve gifts: pajamas and a book. Pajamas are easier to find each year. Like most families, we got The Children's Place fleece snowman pajamas.
This is an inexpensive route to go and right now, they are on sale for under $10 each. If your children are young enough, you could buy them now and set them aside for next Christmas.
Every year, I get my kids a book and try to do something Christmas related. It had been super easy to find Christmas themed books - and then they grew up and now it is getting harder and harder. But, I love that they still love their "little kid" Christmas books and we have started the tradition of using them as an advent calendar of sorts. I wrap all the books we have, and each night leading up to Christmas, we unwrap one of the books and sit on my daughter's bed and read it aloud. This usually leads to trying to remember who got the book and on which Christmas Eve. That leads to giggles and smiles as we remember various things that happened that year.
I love the wrapping paper I found this year! I am kicking myself for not buying more and setting it aside.
Between Christmas and New Year's, we did close to nothing. And it was great. I am pretty certain my kids only got out of pajamas to shower and put on a fresh pair. My husband and I puttered around and got small jobs that have been lurking done. I started pulling out paperwork we would need for taxes and shredded a plethora of old credit card statements and utility bills that have been cluttering up a drawer in my secretary. I sharpened all the broken pencils and went through the two junk drawers in a buffet we use as a catch all in the entry way. I climbed on top of my washing machine and got all the hangers that have fallen off the rod that is above the washer and dryer. I even went so far as to use the vacuum attachments and suck up the bits of lint that migrated back there.
We had planned to go to a friend's home for New Year's Eve, but after a day of sledding with the kids, they were exhausted and I wasn't feeling well, so we were all in bed by 9pm. In the spirit of full disclosure, I should state that my husband and I have never seen the new year arrive. We are always asleep before midnight. We are not big party people and would much rather be well rested so we can spend our days doing this:
Stella is normally the best behaved dog. But Stella + snow = crazy dog!
Everyone is sleeping now and hopefully well rested as we return to our normal school and work days tomorrow. I hope you all had the chance to rest up, enjoy your family and are prepared to head back to your normal routine as well.