I had good intentions of posting about our Christmas festivities before the turn of the new year, but I suppose I just got too busy living life to actually talk about it. And so, for the sake of posterity, I will post about the Christmas of 2010.
Firstly, this has been the hands-down "funnest" Christmas ever. As fun as the Christmases of my own childhood were, I daresay they are even better know that I am a mother. I remember momma being giddy around this time when we were young. Giddy is not a word that would otherwise describe momma, but come Christmastime ... momma was giddy. This year, I would call her and tell her that I know now that she wasn't crazy back then, just having a real good time. :o) Christmas really is "the most wonderful time of the year."
We baked and ate heavily. We consumed dangerous amounts of snowballs, sugar cookies, fudge, and store-bought candy canes.
To counter the sweetness, we each ate our weight in sausage balls, which really have nothing in particular to do with Christmas but everything to do with all holidays.
And don't forget the oyster stew.
This year, our home saw more twinkly lights buried in green boughs than ever before. I love the glow of tiny lights. I am not the only one who falls victim to its allure.
One evening, while Mike was bathing the babies, I set up trees in each of their rooms. Just small ones, nothing major ... but, oh my goodness, they loved them. Amelia Kate was always making promises to go directly to sleep if we left hers lit. The first night it was up, she told her daddy it was so beautiful she didn't want to close her eyes. Haha! I love that it doesn't take much to make them happy. I made a big deal out of it, and they just fed off of that. It was truly the greatest.
Jack's tree ...
Amelia's tree ...
Amelia is attracted to all things glitzy these days, so I thought it was only fitting that her tree have some sparkle. Her tree was outfitted with tiny pearl lights, blush pink glass ornaments, and silver and gold extras. Glitz is a total departure for me. So it is glitz with restraint. I figure that little girls deserve a little sparkle just like the big girls every now and then. ;o)
Both Jack and Amelia must have been on Santa's good list this year, because sure treated them Christmas morning.
Santa even dropped off some snow here in Atlanta ... just enough for some tiny snowmen, which is plenty for me.
Our little family's time together at Christmas is so very special to us, and it's something I cherish with all my heart. We have been thrilled to create new traditions and grow closer together in them.
Now that the New Year is in full swing, Mike and I are busy on our resolutions lists and coming up with ways we can help each other see our hopes and dreams. The first one on my list has something to do with watching what I eat, of course. And I'll get right to it ...
right after I eat this celebratory New Year firecracker cupcake...
Happy New Year to all y'all, my sweet friends!