Only a few more days until Christmas is upon us ... and I've still got so much to do. Haven't finished shopping. Haven't even started decorating. There won't be any baking of cookies this year. And I'm not even going to pretend to make cards for this year. But we have been listening to plenty of Christmas music and reading lots of Christmas stories. It has taken alot to get me into the mood this year, still not feeling particularly festive yet. Seems that having no money, no time, too much work and no sleep are not very good for the "holiday spirit".
There are some things I am looking forward to this holiday though. My aunt and uncle are flying in from Las Vegas, can't wait to see them. DD is really into the entire holiday and is super excited. She can't wait for Santa and presents. But she also really likes the lights on the houses, the music, the stories, the TV specials, all the goings on at church and getting to see so many relatives. This is really the first holiday season she's gotten into and understands most of it, since she's almost four. Love watching her reactions to everything. I'll be finishing a few mini albums for the grandma's and great-grandma's, can't wait to see their reactions.
I was telling a friend of mine what Santa leaves at our house and she was surprised at the meager leavings. One "big" present for each child, one or two little presents and a specially filled stocking. Santa goes by an old poem to fill the stockings, has since I was a little girl and my dad before me. Here's the poem:
In your stocking you will find
A very special treat
Just for girls and boys like you
Who have been extra sweet
Something for FUN
Something you NEED
Something to EAT
And something to READ
I've always loved opening my stocking, usually open that first. So fun to see what Santa thinks might be fun, what I he thinks I might need, what yummy treats to eat and what I would like to read. He usually does a pretty good job getting everything just right. DH and I still get our stocking filled along with DD's and DS's. Another thing I'm looking forward to this year.
Every year it seems that the little things mean more for the holidays. The things I look forward to the most each year is spending time with family and friends. I'm always worried that my mom might not make it to another Christmas. The effects of her MS get worse each year and so I worry. I hope my children will have the wonderful Christmas memories I am fortunate to have - family gatherings with loads of laughter and plenty of fun. I don't remember much in the way of presents but I do remember having huge family get togethers. Thank goodness my extended family still spends plenty of time together especially around the holidays. It is almost as wonderful as I remember.