And just like that, another Christmas has come and gone. I hope you had a very merry one! Today we’re back to our usual work and daycare routine. Luckily I’m working from home, drinking lots of coffee and easing out of Christmas with a day full of Hallmark movies on the couch while I work.
Today I thought I would share my favorite memories from a wonderful holiday season!!
We kicked off the Holiday season at our town’s annual Christmas tree lighting. Santa arrived on a firetruck and we enjoyed a pizza picnic in the park. This was a new tradition that I know we’ll keep up, minus the picnic part since I’m not sure we’ll get fifty degree weather every December. It was such a treat!
Another fun tradition that I hope we’ll keep up- a holiday date night! We enjoyed an indulgent but cozy dinner at Oriole a few weekends back and it was such a nice break during a busy season. It almost didn’t happen because our babysitter canceled, but the grandparents saved the day and we got a night out for great food and lots of great conversation.
Decorating the tree as a family was so much fun! B handled all of the plush and non-breakable ornaments on the bottom half of the tree and we handled the top. Every morning after that, he woke up asking to see the “lights” which was a perfect reminder to enjoy the season every single day.
B’s First Christmas Pageant
I had so much fun doing little holiday activities with B. One Sunday we baked cookies to deliver in tins to his teachers. Another weekend we make cinnamon ornaments shaped like cars and trains to give as family gifts.
We also attended his first Christmas pageant at school and it was absolutely hilarious! The toddlers’ job was to sit in chairs in front of the big kids as they sang. While the other kids waved hi to Mom and Dad, B looked straight ahead with a poker face as he walked to his chair. This continued while he sat and took his job very seriously. It was too cute!
Our annual trip to Michigan
We had a jam-packed forty-eight hours of family and friends in Michigan. We saw cousins from both sides of the family, grabbed breakfast with my girlfriends from High School, met up with my best friend from college and her family, celebrated Polish Christmas with my Dad’s side of the family and made a stop in Detroit for perogies at our favorite Polish market. The weekend is always exhausting but always worth it!
The extra long weekend leading up to the holiday was the absolute best. Friday night we made pizza at home and watched Home Alone. Saturday we had the best family day including a workout, some time meeting our friends’ new baby girl, Mexican food out and a trip out to see lights in our pajamas!
The majority of Christmas Eve was spent in pajamas. We watched Polar Express before breakfast and came upstairs to find it was snowing! We made pancakes and then headed out for a quick family trip to the gym.
In the evening we attend Mass, where we spend the majority of time walking around with our energetic toddler. Following Mass we ate a traditional Wigilia dinner including my Mom’s mushroom soup, salmon, green beans, perogies and nalesniki. B got new pajamas and a book after we ate and settled into bed after putting cookies out for Santa.
A snowy morning made for relaxing Christmas and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We took our time, spending most of the morning lounging and eating cinnamon rolls and egg strata. Eventually we lit a fire and opened gifts, B first and then while he checked out his presents Rich and I exchanged stockings.
In the evening, my in-laws and brother-in-law came over for dinner and we ate more mushroom soup, a delicious rib roast with broccolini and cheesecake for dessert. B was spoiled with gifts his favorites were a baking set, moon torch and cleaning set from his Uncle Johnny. After dinner, B was so wired it took him until almost 9:00 to go down for bed. I suppose that means it was a successful day!
Of course, life isn’t perfect and we had some bumps in the road along the way. The awful hotel stay we had in Michigan that caused us to move hotels. The first attempt of a fire in our fireplace that filled our entire house with smoke which caused us to take a break before we opened presents. And of course, the squirming two year old who slithered through our legs at Christmas Eve Mass and took off running!
These are worth mentioning, because even though the season wasn’t perfect, it’s important to acknowledge the good with the bad because that’s life! And the bumps in the road make for a good story, don’t they?