Isn’t it wonderful how growing up makes you appreciate the little things in life? My heart is so full as I write this post. My family (mom, 2 little sisters, and little brother) left this morning after spending Christmas with us. It’s always so hard to say goodbye.
I realized just how sappy I’m becoming as an adult when this picture became the highlight of my Christmas. This is the only time of the year where all of us are together. In fact, I hadn’t seen my siblings since last Christmas. This was the first time they got to meet Jackson! Who, by the way, had a very merry first Christmas.
All this being said, our time together as a family was the best Christmas present. Tom and I “exchanged” Christmas presents, but mostly they were things for the house that we would have bought anyway. We got a grill, an outdoor table, a coffee maker, and of course, my new computer! The presents were fun, but hanging out with my family takes the cake.
We did simple presents for the boys. Jackson only got Gerber Puffs from us. He was pretty excited. And Robert loved his one and only Santa present, a bike.
I’m so glad we only got Robert 2 more gifts. He wasn’t overwhelmed with Christmas like he was last year. Our 3 gift rule was a success!
I’m in no position to judge how other people do Christmas. Some people love a million tiny little gifts under the tree. I know people who would wrap up things they already have, just to experience the thrill of unwrapping tons of presents. If that’s what floats your boat, awesome. Keep doing what you’re doing. I want to share how amazing it was to have a simple Christmas with only a few presents. I can’t tell you enough how nice it was to keep gifts simple. It was also crazy easy to clean up afterwards!
The gifts kept coming as I spent time with family. Tom and I took my little brother, Charlie, to see Star Wars while family took care of the boys. Then my sisters and I tried absinth. Yup. The drink! Just doing my part to put the drink back into Eat, Drink, and Save Money. It truly was a gift to sit down and be silly with my sisters.
I loved being able to relax and stop being mom for a few hours. I was able to be a silly sister instead of a responsible parent. Ha. I laugh as I write this because it’s not like we went out and partied. We had a few sips of absinth in my kitchen while my mom watched and laughed.
We also played lots of games. We played Cards Against Humanities, charades, and Trivial Pursuit. Sitting around talking, laughing and making new memories is always the best part of hanging out with my family. The memories of the past few days are ones I’ll cherish forever.
I hope I can use this post to remind me that Christmas doesn’t have to be over the top with presents and activities. First and foremost, it’s about Christ. It’s also about cherishing the moments God has given us. This past week was the best Christmas gift to date. I look forward to many years of trying to top it with more visits with my family.
How was your Christmas? Was it simple too?