Easily, the best part about Christmas for me is watching my kids be so eager the night before. To hear their little squeals when they see things under the tree left by Santa. To have them hug me at the end of a very busy day and tell me it was the best Christmas they ever had.
Our traditions include spending Christmas Eve with Matt's family and Christmas Day with mine. It's kind of nice our families celebrate on different days so we've never had to choose where we were going.
Then we packed up gifts and went to Matt's parent's house. Where Jackson promptly spiked a fever and was basically a useless sack on my lap. Hardly ate, didn't want to do much, just dozed on and off in my arms.
Oh! So I have to tell you this special thing. So weeks ago, when we saw the mall Santa, Jackson told him that we were having a baby so if Santa had any left over toys, we could keep them safe for Penelope. He could even bring us some from the Island of Misfit Toys. (If you don't know what that is, you are the worst Christmas celebrator ever.) So I mentioned this and I had two friends generously give me a whole bunch of infant toys/rattles/teethers/etc for this project.
I ended up getting a massage thing for my chair (LOVE), new underwear because Twinky ate a bunch of mine, new books, the purse I asked for, super warm & fuzzy socks, and new winter boots. Oh, I also got a USB pickle light for my laptop. Matt is especially proud of this.
But we got all cleaned up and dressed and got ready for my family to come over. We don't do a dinner on Christmas Day, we basically do a bunch of appetizers and desserts. So that's nice because I'm never in the mood to actually cook. This year though, I decided to try out the new crock pot Matt's parents got me and made some sweet & sour meatballs and then in mine, I made macaroni and cheese. Though nobody knows how good it all was because I FORGOT TO PUT ANY OF IT OUT. *sigh*
Also making an appearance was my brother and sister in law and their adorable baby, Adriana. Who absolutely loved the swing I have here (glad it works!) and stole the show. But more importantly, we all got to see the Baby Whisperer in action.
Olivia got an acoustic guitar (and lessons!) from my parents because she wants to be Taylor Swift someday. Jackson got this HUGE Lego train set that has a remote on it and he was so damn excited. Him and Matt have since put it together and I swear he plays with it every day. My parents even got Penelope the infant bouncy seat I had on my registry, and my mom got me a bunch of maternity shirts because I am in need for clothes that fit.
After everyone left, we closed out Christmas in the only way the Strands know how to do:
Overall? Great Christmas. So great. I love every Christmas, and I can't say that I've ever had a bad one. I'm so lucky to have such great kids, to have a husband who definitely spoiled me this year, and to have great family. We all have a great time together and I'm glad my kids will have these type of memories as we get older.
So I hope you all had a great Christmas. Next year will be even more fun with a little girl crawling around and eating bows.