Tuesday, December 28, 2010

christmas past

Another Christmas past
I’m not sure how a day so anticipated can come and go so quickly.
So much work goes into making this day happen and be special and then poof!, its done, gone, over.

I admit, I put way too much energy into trying to make it as good as I possibly can. I do love doing it because I love Christmas time. But, when its over, it leaves me feeling a big fat let down that its over too soon, or when it doesn't all go Martha Stewart perfect or when I feel that everyone is not as happy as I hope they'd be. And there always seems to be a bit of drama with my extended family when it comes to big holidays. Who's hosting, who's coming, who's bringing what...and so on.

I vow not to do it again next year, but I know that next year I will be tempted to do the same thing all over again.  Because when you get it right, its the best feeling ever.
But there must be a better way to make it special without killing yourself trying.
As adults, we shop, bake, cook, wrap, decorate, stress, plan…when in reality, the magic is right in front of us. Its in your family and friends. Its in your home.

What I did this year that I loved, and what I could do without and what I missed that I want to do next year...

Loved baking cookies with Jen.
Could do without the complex, time consuming sugar cookies that I ended up throwing away because nobody ate them.

Loved watching our favorite movies on Christmas Eve
Could do without the big dinner on Christmas eve. Next year, Nachos and more movies

Wish we would have taken a drive to see holiday lights...we need to scope out some good holiday neighborhoods

Wish I would have taken more pictures before Christmas. The few that I took on Christmas day didn't come out very well...grainy and blurry.

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