Before December came, I was on a mission to make this the best Christmas yet. I had planned a different event for every weekend. I mapped out all the activities I wanted to do with my boys. There were so many Christmas treats I wanted to bake with them. It was going to be perfect. Then, like most times, none of it went as planned. My Christmas Pinterest board nearly went untouched. Life happens, and you roll with it. Even though I didn’t get to cross off everything on my list, here’s a recap of the memories we created.
The Christmas parade in my family’s hometown kicks off the Christmas season. Every year on the day after Thanksgiving we go to the parade and somehow find a spot next to Dairy Queen. It is the epitome of small-town USA and I love it. Every organization from the town participates. Every church, school, dance group, elected officials, the list goes on! The highlight for the kids? Candy. The parade participants throw candy out to the kids. Last year my 5-year-old didn’t really know what to expect. This year he was ready for war! He was in competition with himself to get the most candy. Unfortunately for me, he won.
My baby boy, husband and mom all have December birthdays. December gets busy for your girl! So, our holiday season always includes birthday celebrations. This year we played it low key for each of them and just had some quality time with family and friends with good food and cake. Elaborate themed birthday parties are great. But there is something special about simply enjoying the company and being celebrated by a few loved ones. (In the privacy of my home! Even better!) Baby boy even got two parties! One at home and one at school. His big brother came to help out and he couldn’t have been prouder! Even at 3 he felt like the “cool kid” with the “cool big brother” at his school. Homeboy didn’t even want to sit with his class. Even though they fight ALL the time, I love the way they love each other.
No ginger bread house was made. Bummer, I know. But we did make our fair share of treats. Christmas cupcake night was epic (as my son would say). Although, I have to admit I cheated a little and bought the Pillsbury (already decorated) snowman cookies. They loved them just the same. Us moms, place so much pressure on ourselves to create these IG worthy Pinterest perfect moments. In the end, all that matters is the memory. My boys will not grow up and say “Remember when you were lazy and didn’t make real cookies that night?”. Instead, I will hear “Remember when we baked Christmas cookies and watched Christmas movies?” Give yourself some grace momma!
This year I succeeded in getting us all in matching pajamas. The boys were shocked to see mommy and daddy come out of the room with onsies on! My husband said I am not allowed to post any pictures of him in his onsie. Just trust me when I say we were cute!
My boys and I took our usual post-Christmas tour. Our first stop was my grandparents house. If you’ve read my previous posts on my grandfather, you will know that they think he is Santa Clause year round. Christmas just adds another level. My grandparents love it when we spend the night and they get their dose of their great grandchildren. Then, we went to my dad and step-mom’s house, affectionately known as Grandaddy and Ya-Ya. We had a ball!
As I look back on our holiday season one word comes to mind: Family.
Each memory created centered around enjoying the moment with family. Even though we didn’t do everything on my list, we did a lot. And, I don’t have a ton of pictures to show for it. Because I was living in the moment. I was enjoying my time and focused on my family and not a depiction of a family to show on social media.
This year I am all about making memories. It became evident to me that I didn’t have to wait on a holiday to have a list of activities and special events to enjoy with my family. Christmas isn’t the only time to make memories, start traditions or even bake with my kids. Next year’s Christmas re-cap will be lit. Because…I’m just that type of corny girl. But, the other months will be just as amazing. Stay tuned for all fun!