Every year I have the best intentions for what I think will make a special holiday season for myself and my family. Newsflash -- nothing ever works out the way I plan! This year, one of my big goals has been to try not to get too caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday and make sure that we are making time for quality time together. For example, while I would love to get my gift wrapping done as soon as possible, I am choosing to NOT lock myself up in my room wrapping while my kids are downstairs playing. (That happened last year...) So I still have wrapping to do, BUT, I had fun yesterday afternoon baking with my littlest cutie pie! And then last night, after dinner, we all sat down as a family to watch "A Christmas Story" which we watch once a year and we all find it entertaining (my little dolly relates to the boy who can't bend his arms because his mother has him so bundled with snow clothes to keep him warm!). While we did that, my little one and I sat at the coffee table and colored in a Christmas coloring book that she found in her book case -- I always love to color, and we don't do it as often as we should!
Our town does a lot of fun things this time of year and sadly, we seemed to miss most of them this year! I was sick the day the town did their annual tree lighting, and we were out of town celebrating an early Christmas with family when the town had caroling, hay rides with Santa, a holiday tree festival and activities for the kids. But, the weekend before that we took a drive up North to meet my aunt and to go to a Holiday Stroll! The girls and I went and it was fun to see the live nativity scene, the lights and our favorite -- a tiny horse! So adorable!! Lots of people there, so my little one opted not to see Santa, but we were all glad that we made the trip to spend some time with our aunt and just to enjoy a nice night of Christmas music and Christmas lights and holiday cheer!
It's good to stop and remind ourselves that the season is not about the gift giving, and that long after the kids have forgotten what is under the tree, hopefully they will still remember the special times shared with loved ones!