This Christmas I want to remember…
Running of the Santas and reindeer games.
Squealing with delight as one of my oldest friends arrived at the annual Christmas party.
Singing Taylor Swift loudly in my kitchen .
Jackson singing along to the dreaded Christmas tape in the car.
These overly excited Kids at Christmas Eve brunch
And that next year we need more champagne
Our Christmas Eve drive to look at the lights.
Jackson wanting to go home and go to bed.
The way Jackson scattered reindeer food across the lawn, with enthusiasm and joy.
Reading the Night Before Christmas like we have every year.
Sitting in the basement with homemade egg nog watching Christmas movies and wrapping up the last of the gifts.
John sitting watch while I put the presents around the tree.
Waking up before Jackson and getting to hear him sing, “Santa Claus is coming to Town” in the sweetest little voice .
Him peaking out his door and then running back in .
Having to go in his room and tell him it was time to open presents.
Jackson Looking down over the balcony and being told to “stop taking his picture”
His quiet excitement and meticulous care in opening his presents and putting them in piles.
Jackson giving me the necklace he picked out and how oh so sweet it was.
John making Christmas breakfast.
The epic mess that took over our living room.
My Moms oven not working but dinner being one of the best I remember.
Celebrating again on the 28th with my my brother and our cousins.
Chatting with my brothers girlfriend and feeling hopeful.
A great afternoon with family.
And the exhaustion and mess and chaos that is the time between Christmas and New Years. The way I have the urge to laze on the couch and watch movies and do nothing and just let it all be for a bit. The way even when I’m not feeling my most festive the season envelopes me and magic seems to unfold. That feeling that I’m so grateful for my family and my framily. The realization that I’ve always known, that this season isn’t about what you celebrate or the gifts but about who you spend it with.
Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year, hope you had a wonderful holiday season.