Disclaimer: I always bite off more than I can chew.
The last few weeks have been a little nuts around here, as I’m sure it’s been in your homes. Thank god I started Christmas shopping in October. I’m not even one of those “all out” Christmas people. Our kids aren’t going to wake up to massive amounts of gifts on Sunday, and I still had a hard time getting everything together and wrapped. I think this is the first year I actually have my gifts wrapped before Christmas Eve. Woo Hoo!
It’s the baking that usually gets me, I always say, “I’m not doing crazy amounts of baking this year.”, and then proceed to bake crazy amounts of goodies because I can’t help myself. This year has been much of the same, I made about 4 dozen frosted sugar cookies this week and a birthday cake for one of my daycare kiddos. We hosted a super fun “gingerbread” house decorating party yesterday for my afterschool crew. I pre-assembled houses I made from graham crackers and let the kids go to town with frosting, candy, and sprinkles. They had a great time and ate way too much candy! Ha! Anyway, the baking isn’t done yet, I’ll be making about 5 dozen cookies for our family party and an egg nog custard pie with stabilized whipped cream on top….mmmm…..
I love the holidays, but holy moly, it’s a lot of running around and cooking and cleaning for me. I won’t really be able to relax and enjoy myself until after the big day. I am looking forward to the kids opening their presents though, that’s always fun to see their eyes light up on Christmas morning. It makes all the work worthwhile. Our days of magic are numbered with our older boys and I just want to freeze them in time for a few more years.
This year we are participating in our first ugly sweater contest, can’t tell you how long I’ve wanted to make an ugly sweater! I worked on mine this morning, it’s really a thing of beauty how tacky and ugly this thing is. I won’t spoil the surprise, but lets just say, I’m winning this thing. The kids will be working on theirs sometime in the next day or two. Good lord, there’s a lot to do. Family to visit, meals to prep, parties to attend, and a hockey game on saturday…Ahh!!! To say I’m a tad bit stressed is an understatement.
But…..Sunday will come and go and even if I get half of what I wanted to done, it’s enough.
Oh, and if you didn’t get a Christmas Card from us, it’s because I didn’t do any this year! Merry Christmas to me! I decided to give myself the year off and try again next year. It’s freeing, you should all try it sometime!
Merry Christmas all!