Every December, I am amazed at how quickly the month goes by. It is a month filled with excitement and love, preparing for the big day.
As a 6 year old, HJ takes all things related to Christmas very seriously. You MUST let Santa know what you want. The elf MUST be found first thing in the morning (and do not touch him). You must wrap presents, and get gifts for family, and continuously count the presents under the tree in case an extra one appeared.
This year, we had 3 days of Christmas. The first one was at my parent’s. The kids ran around, shrieking about presents, and finally got to open a few things. HJ was very excited about a Paw Patrol playset from his cousins, and a very fast remote control car from Nana and Papa. The next day, was Christmas at my grandma’s house. It was hard to celebrate at their house without my grandpa, and I can not even imagine how my grandma felt. But the kids all had fun running around, and it even started snowing while we were there!
Christmas Eve, we went to a candle light service. During the story of the birth of Jesus, HJ looked at me and said, “Is this fiction?”. The pastor also talked about how Christmas is a hard time for a lot of people, especially those who had a loss in the past year. He himself had lost a son and 2 grandchildren in a car accident this summer, and was struggling.
After that, we went to a neighbor’s to end the evening. We came home to frost a few cookies for Santa and read The Night Before Christmas.
That night, Santa delivered HJ a very special gift…a Wii with a handful of games. We have both become good bowlers (he can beat me), and are getting better at Mario Kart. We had my parents and grandma over for breakfast, and made sure to open all of the new toys. Tyson even got a candy cane bone!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and can not wait to start off 2016!