It goes by way too fast! For all of the plotting, planning and preparations, Christmas, itself, comes and goes too fast. All of the shopping and wrapping and whatnot all comes to a head in a frenzy of flying wrapping paper and within 30 minutes, three months of work is done.
We had a wonderfully relaxing Christmas Eve with a quiet dinner for just the four of us. Then we opened our doors for our annual Christmas Eve dessert open house. In years past we've had over 30 people come by and say hello and this year we had 20. I realize it's an open house but it would have been nice if those that weren't planning on coming could have at least replied to my email reminder to let me know that they weren't. Bad manners, people. I now have enough dessert to feed all 20 people again two more times! Luckily we have some friends coming from out of town tomorrow that I can share some of the sweets with.
Christmas Day found me and Frank up before the boys. That's two years in a row that that's happened! Actually, funny story here, when I went to bed the night before, Frank was sitting on the couch watching some TV; it was after midnight and the bike my mom had got for Michael still had to be put together. I reminded him of that fact and he was like "I'm just going to watch a little TV and then I'm going to do that". I woke up somewhere around 2:30 and found him sound asleep on the couch and no bike in sight! So I woke him up and out he went to put it together. THAT is dedication!
Presents were opened, pictures were taken and honestly, I spent the rest of the day in my jammies and loved every moment of it. The boys fought at one point, then Frank and Michael fought and then I got annoyed and yelled at everyone...ah, Christmas...
I hope that all of you had wonderful Christmas' and spent time with people that you love because really, that's what it's all about. It's not the presents and the shopping and the money, it's about the birth of a Savior who loved us and passing that love along to those around us.
Even the ones who DON'T RSVP when they should...