There are years when Christmas is a chore and I find myself identifying with poor misunderstood souls like the Grinch and Scrooge and all the other Yule haters out there. Maybe it’s just me but Christmas can kick my butt. I’m not sure what’s different this time. Perhaps my continual attempts to lower the bar helped. Or that we had an extra week between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Or maybe it’s just Amazon prime that made the difference. Whatever the reason, it’s midnight on the 25th and I am in a good mood. Here are five things that I loved about Christmas this year:
- Christmas cards. I LOVE getting pictures and letters from people near and far. Even from the “beautiful people” who never age, are all color coordinated. But especially from people I adore but don’t get to see enough. I tape their faces to the side of my fridge and feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
- Making cookies with the kids. This year I taught my 11 year old how to make shortbread. She wrestled the rolling pin out of my control freaky hands and did a splendid job.
- Watching the cat attack the tree and then fall asleep in the middle of a nativity scene like some giant saber tooth come to worship the baby Jesus. With the youngest in our house being 7, we all missed having a little one to obsess over ornaments and decorations. Not that my babies ever used the tree as a scratching post but still…
- Having my kids use their own money to buy each other presents and find really thoughtful things. Sure they punch and torture each other, but knowing they’ll fork over cash to get their brother two of his very own bottles of Martinellis was very sweet.
- Reading certain Christmas stories and finding I was not the only one crying afterwards. “An Orange for Frankie” just kills me. Don’t get me started on “The Happy Prince” or “The Tale of the Three Trees.”
As you can read, none of these things are monumental or big enough to swing the holiday pendulum from Hell on Earth to Joy to the World. I’m sure it has more to do with my inner state of happiness. Whatever the reasons, I am so thankful to have had a merry, merry Christmas.
What things about the holidays bring you joy or make you nuts? Where you a Scrooge this year or a Bob Cratchet?