I stuffed myself on "hanky panky" appetizers and was too full for Christmas dinner, as usual. We opened more presents that we needed with the joy and eagerness of children. And we reconnected with my aunts, uncles, and cousins on my dad's side of the family that we don't get to see often enough.
Listening to all the wonderful things my family is up to these days is inspiring. One cousin is helping to make great humanitarian projects happen smoothly around the world! I love that! It fills my heart with gratitude to hear people making positive changes. And it made me happy to hear that he in turn reads this blog!
Christmas Eve may have wound down with an overstimulated and overtired toddler needing extra mommy cuddles, but even with a handful of parenting faux pas throughout the day I considered it a success. It was a wonderful day!
I'm so grateful for our Christmas Eve traditions. I'm grateful for the amazing generosity of my family. I'm grateful for my two-year old's kindness in "helping" everyone open all their presents. I'm grateful for the little laughs like this that come from such a fun, explorative age. I'm grateful to remember patience as we rode out a nearly two hour meltdown and I'm grateful for the grace to just hold her calmly. I'm grateful to be able to come home to the dog with gifts for her to open as well.
I'm grateful for my amazing huge family. I'm grateful for the way Facebook helps us stay connected through the year. I'm grateful to get to meet the new babies of the year in person and hear the celebratory stories of the season. I'm grateful to be present for those who are going through struggles and make extra time for them in the new year. I'm grateful to hear about the positive things going on in the world and all the beautiful surprises that the coming year may bring.
Last but not least I'm grateful to wake up Christmas morning for another Christmas celebration. I'm grateful to get the morning to sleep in and take our time celebrating with our toddler and fur-baby. I'm grateful for the beauty that this morning brings. I'm grateful to see the stockings stuffed and the tree of presents even if I was the one that put them there. I'm grateful for the excitement of awaiting my daughter's reaction when she sees she is getting her own mini trampoline. I'm grateful for a merry Christmas and more time with more family.
Merry Christmas morning! What is your favorite part of this day? What excitement does it hold for you? Who will you spend time with today?
May today remind us the bigger beauty of just being together. May we remember the true spirit of Christmas has nothing to do with presents under the tree. And may we find the good in each moment to cherish this day. Have a beautiful day!