It’s the last day of the year, so why not squeeze in one last post? Besides, I’m still within the twelve days of Christmas, so it still counts!
We stayed home for Christmas again this year, and I was really happy about it. I love our extended family gatherings for various holidays, but was looking forward to having a more low-key holiday in the comfort of our own home. Plus, my mom and brother came, and we spent Christmas evening with some cousins, so it still felt special.
We never did get our Advent candles out, no Christmas cards were printed (let alone mailed), and I still haven’t baked a thing. Luckily, my Italian grandma sent us a giant box of cookies, so there’s been no shortage of sweets in our house.
We did get all of our gifts wrapped by Christmas Eve–practically unheard of in our family–and visited a priest friend who even let us get in on some last-minute Confession, because there’s nothing like waiting until the last minute. We also took the kids to drive around and look at Christmas lights, and it was so fun to hear Sophie’s little backseat comments… I’m pretty sure she didn’t miss a single star that we drove by.
The girls were well-behaved for Mass on Christmas morning. Grace had noticed previously that the songs had been different during Advent, so at one point shortly after Mass started, she asked if it was still Advent, and “since it isn’t, does that mean we’ll sing the Gloria now? Because that’s my favorite part of Mass.” I couldn’t believe how patient they both were, even through brunch, while waiting to open their gifts. Grace helped to hand them out, and it was so funny to see how excited she was. She thanked me profusely for a wrapped gift that she added to her pile, long before she even opened it.
We didn’t take very many pictures this year, but I think we just enjoyed being in the moment this time instead of behind the lens. We did think to snap a few photos while at the decorated church this time, and this is the best we were able to get:
But most of them looked more like this:
While we weren’t able to spend Christmas with all of our loved ones, we’re grateful for technology that helps to shorten the long distances and for all the blessings of this year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you! Our cookie supply is quickly dwindling, so I think I may be spending part of New Year’s replenishing it. 😉