Christmas is a wonderful time. I've had many, many insights this Christmas season, but finding the time to write them down has been difficult. So, I'll give it a try now.
We decorated the Sunday after Thanksgiving because I didn't need to teach that day. In my head, I envisioned happiness and just a good time. Needing an attendant to help you decorate and trying to make it a joyful experience isn't as easy as it sounds. Personalities clash and ideas do not always mesh making me the peace maker. I just want to tell my cerebral palsy to go away and I can handle it on my own. However, I'm very grateful to have the help.
After getting through decorating, the peace came back as we made chocolate peanut butter cupcakes. It was a recipe that my attendant was happy to share and help Laura to do.
The Elf on the Shelf has been a pleasant surprise. We have resisted getting one through the years because our daughter didn't want one and we thought it was pretty expensive. But this year she wanted one and we succumbed.
I must admit, at first, the idea of him was moving each night was a bit stressful. It was fun though to search for him. The routine of finding him each morning gave my daughter something to look forward to before school. Our elf is named Jack. Now he is back at the North Pole until next December.
We decided to get a real tree. I've always been afraid of them burning our house down so resisted. In the twelve years living here, I always had an artificial tree. Jeff and I picked up Laura from school one day as a surprise. The first place we went seemed overly expensive. The second place was up there in price but we found the perfect tree. Plus I was cold and didn't want to look anymore places. We definitely had fun though and no pressure. Laura enjoyed it very much.
Again I found myself feeling badly that I couldn't decorate the tree on my own with the kids. Jeff isn't as enthusiastic with tree decorating as he is about outside. However, one of my friend's came over and helped me and Laura. It ended up being a really fun time and her daughter slept over which thrilled Laura.
We did Breakfast with Santa at my church in early December. Jason wasn't crazy about Santa, but we had fun and got some great pictures. Jeff's mom took both Jason and Laura to a Christmas party. They had a terrific time and definitely was in the Christmas spirit.
What I'll miss the most this Christmas season is the mornings leading up to Christmas. Laura updated all of our countdown calendars and would look for Jack. Then we would talk about Christmas vacation, Christmas season and all the enjoyment. I'll also miss Jason saying, "mom, look!!" when driving around looking at Christmas lights.
I also loved when Laura made very thoughtful homemade gifts to give family. Mine was a little white cardboard box. In it was a colorful paper that said, " this is the kissing box." Written on the bottom of the box said "mwaah." She explained that whenever I'm down, look in the box and I get a kiss from her.
She also wrote Jeff a very encouraging letter about nursing school. She said that she was proud of him. Very sweet.
My mom and sister took Laura go Hershey Park candy cane lights. I opted out due to cold but they had an excellent time.
Jeff, Laura, Jason and I went out to eat and walked around just for fun. We all had a great time and ran into an old friend. We enjoyed the decorations, music and energy in the air.
All this led up to the big Christmas Day!