I love Christmas.
Yes, there is quite a bit to get done.
Yes, it can get expensive with all those gifts.
Yes, I am up to my eyeballs in Christmas cookies and wrapping paper.
But isn't that the point?
To me, there's just something magical about getting together with family and friends to celebrate a miracle. To celebrate family. To cherish each other.
I used to dread parts of Christmas (ahem, going to my father's family) because of all the bad memories and the awkwardness. Now I've learned to simply ignore him and his new wife, because Christmas is about being happy.
And I have the power to be happy.
Plus, no one else likes them either. (Wow, sorry, that sarcasm just totally slipped in there by mistake. I do NOT know HOW that happened!)
New train of thought:
I think my husband got me some really cool crafty gifts. I think this because, naturally, I have shaken them and felt the presents. Couldn't help myself.
I love the gift part (obviously) but I really like all the Christmas stuff. Although I could probably do without shopping at Walmart on December 22nd. What was I thinking?
My plans for this holiday season:
(We are going to be so busy! Love it!)
Make more cookies. Yum.
Finish wrapping gift cards.
Work on December Daily. (Fingers crossed.)
Bake apple pie. Yum again.
Chinese food at Phillip's mom's.
Spaghetti & meatballs at my grandma's. Super yum. Highlight of my year. Plus, there's punch. Super secret family recipe punch. Oh, yum.
Sleep in Christmas pajamas.
Christmas Day -
Mom's for Christmas breakfast in our pajamas. Fun tradition. Seriously, if I didn't think they'd fire me at work, I'd just wear pajamas all day, every day.
Early dinner with Phillip's dad's family. (With apple pie).
Enjoy evening at home with my husband.
Work. Not so much fun.
Saturday - Christmas party at my best friend's house. Official end to Christmas activities.
See, busy, but fulfilling.
I just love it. It's a personal choice. You can get caught up in the chaos and act like it's the worst thing in the world, or you can let yourself be enveloped by the holiday spirit. It's out there. And as far as spirits go, that's some good stuff.