Hi there, Catie here! Happy to announce we survived a big (for us) family Christmas! I should really say “Big Winter Holiday” because we in no way, shape or form follow a religion. Anyhoo…
Around five years ago (gosh, it might be 6 now) we decided that the three of us and our kids had every thing we could possibly need so instead of going nuts trying to figure out what to give everyone we started taking the kids on mini-vacations. It’s great for all of us, a few days away in a nice hotel or Airbnb to just hang out together and play games, decorate cookies, have Chinese food, swim and generally relax as a family. We’re not monsters, the kids would always get stockings full of small gifts and candy but the “main” gift is the trip away. This year though, the timing just didn’t work out. The 25th fell in the middle of the work week and Lena and I couldn’t both take the time off, Paul’s new job needed him, my son and Bina both ended up needing to work too. Sigh, no get away for us this year.
Instead of saying “We’ll have a nice relaxing day at home together, order in some Chinese food, maybe watch movies.” We (for some reason) decided to go the other way with this thing and host Christmas for all our families.
Also to buy everyone presents (L & P were far too generous.)
And decorate a big tree and the house and WE ARE GOING TO DECORATE COOKIES WHILE LISTENING TO CHRISTMAS MUSIC LIKE A NICE, HAPPY FAMILY. NOW PUT AWAY YOUR ELECTRONICS AND PICK UP A COOKIE I WON’T LET YOU EAT AFTER, DAMMIT!!!! IT’S GOING TO BE MAGICAL!! WHY IS YOUR GINGERBREAD MAN BLEEDING?!? I SAID MAGICAL! (Don’t they know I’m only doing this for Instagram???)
Ahem.. I mean we all love decorating cookies together, it’s not stressful at all.
Yup, we became Crazy Holiday People! And guess what? It was worth it! Sure we’re exhausted and I cooked way too much food (grateful shout out to family members that took leftovers home so we don’t have to eat ham and/or turkey for every meal for the rest of time) but know what?
Pretty much everyone we care about were all together in one house for a few hours. Paul’s family, Lena’s brother and my parents and younger (and prettier, and smarter, and funnier) sister. There was good conversation, lots of hugs, cousins bonding, old funny stories got retold. Lots of food and snacking, The Muppet Family Christmas was watch and a darn good meal (if I do say so myself) was had. The “kids” all loved their gifts.
No one fought, no one complained, no one brought up politics (not that it would have mattered but it’s nice to go a day without it), no one got drunk (not even me.) It was good. Everyone was happy. Even clean up wasn’t terrible.
But damn I’m exhausted. Wait I already said that. See? Exhausted. We’ve smartened up for New Years. Chinese food, the couch and movies for us, yay!!!
I hope you all had the best Winter Holiday Ever, too!
Until next time!