For the third time in our marriage, Mr. Handsome and I are spending Christmas without extended family. We value time with family, but since I am in my third trimester of pregnancy, we decided it would be a good year to enjoy a quiet Christmas with just our family of four. If we have the energy, we might have family over to our house for New Year’s Eve.
Unsurprisingly, the kids were very excited for Christmas morning. We woke up to Little Buddy running around the house in circles, cheering, “Hooray it’s Christmas! Hooray it’s Christmas.” I did not want to be in the kitchen on Christmas morning, so Mr. Handsome and I prepared a breakfast egg and ham casserole the day before that we just needed to pop in the oven. I also temporarily forgot my low-sugar diet and made sweet rolls that were ready to cook (granted, I did cheat and start with Pillsbury biscuits).
Originally, the plan was to eat breakfast before opening presents, but Little Buddy convinced us to let him and Littlest Buddy open one gift before we ate. Our generous families gave the kids so many toys that we did not need to buy them anything from Mommy and Daddy. They also both have birthdays around the holidays, so they are very well stocked up. I did buy gifts for them to give to each other, which they loved doing. Little Buddy was very excited to give his younger brother the car that he had picked out.
Since Mr. Handsome and I don’t need anything, we chose not to give each other gifts this year. Mr. Handsom’s present to me was checking off the items on his honey-do list, and my gift to him was cooking deep dish pizza for Christmas Eve. I also spent several creating a Shutterfly book of all his paintings, which I gave him on his birthday.
This very moment, we are in the process of assembling all the kids’ toys. Those of you who are parents know that this can be a time-consuming task. Little Buddy received a Playmobil firetruck, and Littlest Buddy got a big barn for his animals, as well as a toddler flashlight. They also got magnet tiles and train tracks to share.
How has your Christmas morning been? What did you and your family give/receive?