It feels so great to be writing again! I decided to take the month of December and focus only on my Holiday Gift Guide, and the business side of my blog. It was a great chance to get caught up on all the technical aspects of my writing/blogging/business. I then took the whole week of Christmas off to be with my family. Now that I’m all caught up, it’s great to be back!
We had a hectic holiday season. My husband is a Department Head at Dillards, and, obviously, the holidays are an insane time for him. He was working 10 hour days, 6 days a week, all month long. Christmas day was the first day we had off together the whole month of December. But, we tried to make the most of Sawyer’s first Christmas by doing fun, holiday things on days when he was off early (“early” meaning 6:00pm).
We attended and hosted a few holiday parties, baked cookies, had brunch with friends, and had family celebrations. Sawyer loves lights and wrapping paper. He liked his presents, but nothing was a great as the paper in came in, apparently!
On Christmas Eve, we attended church as a family. We dressed Sawyer up in the cutest outfit, I tried to get a picture of him in it but by the time we got home, he was exhausted and cranky. But, being a momtog, I took a picture anyways, for documentation’s sake of course!
After we put him in his jammies, we read him ‘The Christmas Wish’ and put him to bed. Then, we continued our odd Christmas Eve tradition of eating Jack in the Box and watching The Interview. This started last year when we realized around 8:00pm the we had failed to coordinate Christmas Eve dinner plans with either side of the family, and so we just picked up Jack in the Box on the way home from Church and then rented a movie, The Interview. It was so random and un-christmassy, that we decided to make it a fun tradition.
I teared up when I was wrapping his presents from us. Christmas is so much more fun now. I woke up on Christmas morning a full hour before any of the boys woke up (even Bennett was still asleep), giddy with excitement about my baby’s first Christmas. I even had the flu, but nothing could ruin the day for us.
There was something really magical about opening presents as a family. I remember last year when he was just a raspberry-sized fetus in my tummy, thinking about what it would be like having him with us the next year. It was better than I could’ve imagined! And next year, when he can really appreciate his new toys, it will be even better.
We never leave Bennett out of the fun. He got a stocking full of treats, and a Bark Box!
After spending the morning as a family, we had our traditional Butter Braid for breakfast and then went over to my parents for Christmas Brunch, more presents, and then Christmas Dinner. Kurtis’ sister, Errin, was out of town spending Christmas with her boyfriend’s family, so we celebrated Christmas with the Brown side, earlier in the week. We decorated their tree, ate sweet and sour chicken wings, and opened presents! Sawyer got lots of great gifts from his grandparents.
Even though it was hectic, and my husband was hardly home, I will always treasure the memory of our first Christmas as a family of 3 (+ Bennett). I can’t believe how fast he is growing and that his first Christmas has already come and gone! Didn’t they just put him in my arms at the hospital yesterday…?