Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas is here, it has snuck up on me yet again. I am struggling this year between trying to get everything done (including homework...11 hours on Sunday...don't even get me started) and taking time to make it fun and memorable with the kids. Yesterday I ran and did errands until noon, and then I came home and baked and let the kids create a total mess making and decorating sugar cookies. And I loved that they could do that, they had a ball and it really was not that bad of a mess. I used to have that tradition with my Grandma, but things are very strained between my Grandma and the rest of our family due to her choice and decisions...choosing to be a martar for the black sheep of the family, continuing to let him walk all over her, take all of her money, and yet stand up for him time and time again...after a while, it has just worn everyone thin, and I obviously digress. So, wishing it could be different but realizing it is what it is, I invited my mom over and we all did the holiday baking thing and it was a nice time. It hit me very clearly yesterday just how much D and I are in control of making traditions, etc. with our kids. Sometimes it is just hard to realize how much authority you have over their little lives.

Doodle was telling Shenzy the other day, now, on Christmas Eve, we get to open 1 present, and it is always pjs. I love how this has become a tradition that she knows and looks forward to. Most of all, I want them to feel loved and to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas at all. We even make Baby Jesus cupcakes each year for Santa Claus when he comes, we figured years ago that he had way too many cookies. So, that was part of our baking marathon yesterday, Baby Jesus Cupcakes, and we went with the chocolate-candy cane cupcake...pretty tasty!

Well, Merry Christmas and Blessings to all my internet friends. I wish you a stress-free holiday with memories being made with your loved ones.

Life is so very good,



Heather said...

What wonderful traditions.
Have a Blessed day
Heather BT

Jenn said...

Merry Christmas to the family of the divine CC!!! We are late with everything this year so there will be cards following Christmas!!! Our Wishes for a joyous holiday season full of traditions from from Santa's BEST reindeer family!!!

B-squared said...

Merry Christmas! Loved reading about your traditions. I just had a similar ah-ha moment earlier this month, thinking about how what we were doing, each day, was creating memories for the kids (it all started when I realized that every time Keira comes into my bathroom, she looks through my red make-up bag).
Anyway, have a fabulous Christmas. I hope your kids are all snuggled up in their new PJs! :-)

Anonymous said...

I love that family picture!
Belated Merry Christmas to you!
I think that Birthday Cupcakes for Santa are an awesome idea - I might have to steal that one! :-)