Don't look at me like that...I'm serious.
I was a woman on a mission this year.
Christmas pasts were full of rushing, sleep deprivation, cramming in events, stress and pressure.
Doesn't sound like much fun, huh?
This year I was determined to make things different.
So I planned way ahead for once.
Shopping, wrapping, family pictures, Christmas letter and cards, Christmas dinner, family activities and traditions and goodie plates
I gave myself a timeline and made sure to include plenty of time to just kick back and relax.
As a result...
The best Christmas ever
We put up two different trees this year.
Our "Duck the Halls" tree we put up downstairs.
The Ducks are playing in the National Championship game this year, for the first time ever, so the Duck tree was a must.
We have a tradition here regarding the angel on top of the tree.
Each year a different child gets to put the angel on top.
So in a family with nine kids, your chance comes around twice.
Michael mentioned how this has scarred him for life.
He can imagine a time in his future when he is married and has kids.
It will be Christmas time and one of his kids will ask to put the angel on the tree.
He sadly tells me that he can see himself grabbing the angel, clutching it tightly to his chest and shouting "mine, mine, mine".
I'm pretty sure I should check on counseling for him after winter break is over.
Anyway, it was Lily's turn this year.
We kept it simple again this year with the kids each getting two nice, meaningful gifts.
I asked the grandparents to keep it simple this year too.
It was refreshing.
I wrapped the presents and had them under the tree a week before Christmas.
I use code names for the kids so that no one knows which presents are theirs until Christmas morning.
It is so funny watching them try to figure which name belongs to whom.
Sleeping Beauty, Grumpy Smurf, Hercules, Hulk, Lightenin' McQueen, Cinderella, Alice, Batman and Goldilocks were the names we used this year.
We played games and watched a different Shrek movie each night.
We just hung out.
We made amazing nachos.
Can someone tell me how this could possibly be comfortable?
Happy New Year!