Well would you look at that…not only have the holidays passed us by, but I haven’t made a blog post since LAST YEAR (hyuck, hyuck…:P). What happened? The same thing that always happens…life. While I probably could have sneaked a few hours out of the past couple of weeks to complete my 12 Posts of Christmas posts, I instead decided that experiencing the holidays was more important than blogging about them.
That said, let’s just whip through the remaining five days real quick, shall we?
5. Presents are awesome at any age. Write about the best present you ever received for Christmas, whether as a child or an adult.
I had a nice long post all planned out for this one, but as I never got to it and we’re now trying to squeeze five posts into one, I’m going to bite my lip and shorten it considerably.
The best present I ever received was from my husband (then boyfriend). It started out as an enormous box, about six feet long, three feet wide, and about a foot thick. My then-boyfriend and father made a big show of carrying it into the room, but when I finally went at it myself I found it was exceptionally light. Unwrapping it I discovered that inside the box…was another box. Ah…that old game. So I unwrapped the second box, and found another, and another, and another. I don’t recall the exact number of boxes, but eventually I wore down to a single white envelope, and what was inside that envelope initially confused me. It was a sheaf of papers with a picture of a diamond and the words “Warranty Plan”. When I looked up at my then-boyfriend in confusion it was to find him down on one knee, a ring box in his hands. You can probably imagine what happened next…my then-boyfriend became my then-fiance, and about a year and a half later he became my husband. My squeals could be heard from ten miles away, I’m sure. 🙂
4. As much as we love Christmas, there are aspects of it that can drive us insane. Write about the most frustrating parts of Christmas for you.
Most things about the holidays don’t bother me nearly as much as other people. I see the people around me getting stressed out and losing their minds, but for the most part, I don’t let it bother me. There are two things that drive me mad though…one is last-minute shopping. Hate it. If I’m having a hard time finding something for a particular person and it results in last-minute shopping I become a very stressed-out little monkey.
The other thing that drives me nuts? Putting up and taking down the tree. Decorating is all well and good, but the actual raising and lowering of the tree frustrates me every time, mainly because I end up with a million tiny little scratches all up and down my arms. Rawr, I say. Rawr.
3. We all have our own particular Christmas traditions. Write about some of yours.
Our traditions are growing as we come into our own family. We still travel down home and visit around a few days before Christmas, but other things have changed over the years. Now that we have our own child we spend Christmas day at our own house. My parents generally come up on Christmas Eve and spend the night so they can see the baby open her presents. My mother helps me cook Christmas dinner. We play Christmas specials on the TV all through the holidays and we eat a big breakfast before opening any presents. There are lots of little things that make up our holiday traditions, and new ones pop up every year.
2. Admit it…you tried to sneak a peek at a present or stay up all night and catch Santa when you were a kid. Write about Christmas sneakery you performed as a child.
Okay, I admit it, I’ve searched for Christmas presents. I’ve even found them. But I can honestly say I was not the kind of kid to unwrap presents early. I was always happy just to find them. It was like a treasure hunt. And on Christmas morning, when I would wake at 2 or 3 in the morning, sometimes I would crawl, ever-so-slowly, out to the living room so I could see if Santa had left my presents. He always had, of course, and once I saw them sitting there, I was satisfied. I would crawl, ever-so-slowly, back to bed and lay down for a couple more hours until I thought it was late enough that my parents wouldn’t kill me for waking them. 🙂
1. Happy Holidays! Write about your hopes and plans for this Christmas!
My hopes for the holidays were simple this year…that my daughter would enjoy herself. We went a little overboard with the presents, but we were excited for the fact that this was going to be the first year she could actually open the presents herself and might understand what was happening. We weren’t disappointed. She opened all her presents herself, with the exception of a few clothes boxes once she realized that those shapes didn’t have toys in them…lol She loved everything and her eyes positively lit up when she saw the kitchen set we got her, so it was absolutely awesome. It only makes us more excited for years to come.
So there we have it. Not the best posts, but I wanted to finish. 🙂 New Years posts to follow!