Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas! I sit here on Christmas morning enjoying my family. Boy how times have changed. Before we had kids (and even for a year after), we would always be flying to the northeast to spend holidays with family. This was a mixed blessing, because traveling over the holidays really sucks, someone is usually sick (or gets sick), and the weather is the big unknown. But family is awesome.
Most of the time these days, we stick to our little corner of So. Cal. for Christmas. We had many years of inviting friends over for the holiday dinner. But now our kids are in school, and all of our vacations are on the school schedule, so our friends tend to be traveling. And that's okay. Now with the two kiddos, I have to say that it's nice to just chill out. Especially today when the baby has a cold...sounds like a barking seal ... poor guy. He's still sleeping and his big brother is working on the first of many Star Wars Legos.
The advantage to keeping it small is that I can decide which day to do the big dinner (or to do none at all). This year, the big dinner (ham this year) is today on Christmas day. We often do it on Christmas eve. Last night, we kept it simple with leftover crockpot lasagna, roasted butternut squash, and crackers with spinach and artichoke dip.
Santa was good to me this year. Aside from time with my wonderful family, I got great kitchen items... a salad dressing bottle (with recipes), a new nonstick skillet (mine seem to wear out every 6 months), a new cast iron skillet, and a new rice cooker. I also got a magazine subscription and four new shirts/sweaters (the pre pregnancy shirts do not fit over the nursing-mother and post pregnancy body).
For my family, I sewed a bag for my husband's tablet computer (from the bottoms of my son's holey-jeans-turned-shorts), and I sewed a Star Wars blanket and pillowcase for my son. For the baby we wrapped some hand me down toys. :) I feel very blessed. I have friends who are out of work and have to scrounge and sell items in order to buy gifts for their kids.
I'm sure the day is going to be full of building the pile of Star Wars legos that my older son got. I've already started on the Zicam and Vitamin C (babies...they cough and sneeze ALL OVER YOU).