Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house...not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse....
Well, that was FAR from the case at our house, but it's a nice sentiment I guess! Our Christmas Eve was actually quite the hectic one including trips out in the blistering cold weather and snowstorm to finish up our last minute shopping since we started everything oh so very late this year. Since Landon was born early in the month and between preparations for his arrival and then recovering and adjusting to our new life afterward, we just had very little, in fact virtually no time to prepare and shop for the holiday like we normally would have leading up to the big day and thus, we were scrambling until the very.last.minute to pull it all together.
So, Christmas Eve included not only last minute shopping, but we actually didn't finish putting up the Christmas tree or what little decorations we put out in the house until the evening of Christmas Eve. Imagine that! Here we are putting ornaments on the tree on Christmas Eve, not a month before like we normally do, but rather the night before, ha!
On top of that, we had to wrap each and every single gift not only for Hudson and Landon, but for each other and for every other person we had purchased gifts for! Oh, and then add on the extra fun of cooking for Christmas day too and it definitely suffices to say that we more than had our hands full and our work cut out for us with all that was on our plate.
Luckily, in the end, we pulled it off and it all came together without a hitch! And not only did we have time to bake cookies to leave out for Santa, we also were able to sneak in a traditional movie viewing of The Polar Express with Hudson, which he thoroughly enjoyed! It was certainly a whirlwind of a day, but one that we were determined to make happen and to get every single task accomplished so that our Christmas day would be no less, but rather far more special than we had planned because SO much love was put into making it happen for our family and most importantly, for Hudson and Landon to have the best holiday possible. After tucking the kiddos in for the night, we finally got to work wrapping gifts into the wee hours of the morning before climbing into bed ourselves with far more than visions of sugar plums in our heads, but rather excitement for the day ahead and to see Hudson's eyes light up as he experienced the joy and innocence of Christmas yet another year. Next year it will be even more special as Landon will be able to soak the holiday in and truly enjoy the magic of Christmas. I simply can NOT wait!