Well, it happened and it happened fiercely.
I will remember it as the Christmas I almost didn’t get the tree up.
The Christmas I almost didn’t get the presents wrapped.
The Christmas I thought would be a bit skimpy, but lo and behold, it turned out as plump and magical as always.
We did our traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service with IHOP for dinner after.
As beautiful as it was, I think we should have just stopped there. IHOP ended up being packed. The girls were in absolute distress to be late back to their mom’s.
It was actually our year for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, but we had traded it to their Mom and just borrowed them Christmas Eve. I thought this might be Bridget’s last “Santa” year and I wanted their Mom to have it. In the end, as happy as I was to have my family together on Christmas Eve, it was just too tense and I felt really bad about the late thing, even though it wasn’t exactly our fault. It still was and…it wasn’t fun. Not for anyone. I did enjoy Averey’s great-grandparents who joined us at IHOP. I do hope that becomes a new tradition.
When Christmas afternoon came, we received the gift of two stress-free happy girls ready for a wonderful Christmas Day.
I didn’t mind at all waiting until Christmas Day to open presents. It was nice to have a relaxed time of opening gifts and having some time to enjoy them.
Of course, we dressed the dogs up. Of course, we did.
Bridget’s first gift was the new Kindle we got to replace the one the thieves stole a few months ago. The tag said: To Bridget From: Someone who is sorry.
I doubt they are sorry at all, but it was a nice thought. Maybe, if they knew they took an eight-year-old’s Kindle they would feel sorry. Maybe? Nah.
Molly got a cool cat shirt. And many, many other things.
And then, the big gift they had to open last. The iPod Touch we trekked out on Black Friday to retrieve at a decent price. Oh yes, we did!
It was worth it.
The smiles. The enchantment. The surprise. Every second of blood, sweat, and tears worth it.
Okay, maybe there wasn’t any blood or tears, but I sweated to get those presents all wrapped. Phew!
The grand baby was more fun, too. Oh, she doesn’t “get” it. But it is still fun to watch her surprise. Next year, I have no doubt, she will most certainly “get” it.
One of the gifts was a set of Speed Bumper cars. Those were a big hit and just as I predicted, the big kids (including Jason) liked them just as much as the girls.
There was another surprise for me. Jason and I had promised not to exchange gifts, but out of the tree, he pulled a little box. Inside the little box, a beautiful set of diamond earrings. Earrings I have wanted a long time. I was surprised, thrilled, and humbled. What an enormously sweet gesture.
So, Christmas 2014 was an amazing day!
And now, the fun really begins….