I officially completed everything on my Christmas to-do list:
- Buy Christmas Tree
- Attend mass (last year we missed this due to an urgent care visit with Madeleine on Christmas Day)
- Christmas Cards - Create / Buy / Mail-out
- Mail Christmas gifts to out-of-town family
- Clean the house for Christmas Eve
I left work on Friday around 2:30pm. Since I don't normally pick up Madeleine until 4:30pm, I stopped home first and wrapped all our Christmas presents. When we were all home, we made a yummy bacon and goat cheese pizza for dinner. Bill was still under the weather, so he rested while I made the dough for the sugar and gingerbread cookies. I also made a final list of everything I needed from the store for my Christmas Eve dinner and cookies.
Saturday, I meant to set my alarm to get a bit of cleaning in before Madeleine woke up; but I forgot. Of course, that would be the day she didn't wake up until after 7am too; so I lost some time there, but it did feel really nice to sleep in a bit. Bill watched her while I headed first downtown to our favorite Italian grocery store, Gloriosos's, and then to the regular grocery store. After I got home and we unpacked everything, Bill counted; and we had over 10 pounds of cheese in our fridge!! Then we were basically in a state of flux the rest of the afternoon, as it was too early to cook; and the house wasn't terribly messy either. So, we just sort of chilled out and played in the house. Bill did fix our back storm door though. It has only been broken since April 2010! We capped off the night at Bill's sister's for pre-Christmas get together. We had a nice ham dinner, and Madeleine had a blast chasing a ball around and playing with her older cousins and Uncles.
Sunday Bill got up with Madeleine. I was up by 8am ready to get started on basically everything that needed to be done for Christmas Eve, but unfortunately the past few days of being sick caught up with Bill and he crashed on the couch. He literally slept on the couch until noon!! Thankfully, Madeleine was super good and entertained herself while I baked cookies. I baked mint chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, and gingerbread men cookies. Madeleine helped decorate some of the sugar cookies with sprinkles...a lot of sprinkles!!
On Christmas morning we had a little family snuggle time in bed. Madeleine joined me in bed while Bill showered; then we switched. I wanted us all to go downstairs together, so we'd both get to see Madeleine's reaction to her presents. Her big Santa gift was an art easel with a chalkboard on one side and a dry erase board on the other. I thought she would be super excited, but she was actually a little timid about it all. It was still cute though. My parents and little sister had spent the night, so they joined us for presents. Madeleine enjoyed opening presents, but wanted to play with each one after it was opened. So, it took a little while for her to make it through her pile. She definitely like the easel. We also got her kitten slippers that she did not want to take off. I think her favorite present was a $1 LED flashlight thingy I picked up for her stocking. You press a button and it lights up and spins, and she loved it. Go figure. We probably could have just gotten her that and she would have been totally content.
So, that's our Christmas run-down. We survived, and like I wanted, it was super stress-free. I told Bill to keep reminding me that everything didn't have to be perfect. That really helped. I planned everything really well though, so even though it didn't have to be perfect...it basically was.