But, no matter how sneaky and busy Christmas can be, we always have a lovely time when it comes right down to it.
We begin our traditions on Christmas Adam, and this year, we ended up spending about five hours that day making and handing out treats to neighbors and friends because I procrastinated it until the very last second.
Sophia ran upstairs before we left and came down decked out as a holiday elf. She was loved everywhere we went, though she kept asking me why everyone kept saying she looked just like an elf. Since that was her original plan, I'm not sure why she was so surprised, but she was certainly adorable.
After we finished delivering fudge and peppermint brittle, we put on our jammies and our new silly Christmas socks to watch George C. Scott's A Christmas Carol. That is our Christmas Adam tradition, and I love how important these little traditions we have gradually started are so important to the girls every year.
On Christmas Eve, we had our friends over for dinner and dessert. They brought over their Christmas jammies to open, and then we all listened to Amahl and the Night Visitors together. I'm thankful they were willing to share that part of our Christmas Eve tradition with us. I love listening to this little opera every year, and I love how much the girls are beginning to love it, too.
We all slept upstairs together in the playroom, 'cause that's tradition too! I'm so thankful for children who value their sleep and sleep until 9:30, even on Christmas morning! We saw what Santa brought, ate a lovely (gluten-free!) breakfast of pannu kakku (just use rice flour instead of all-purpose), sausage, and eggs, and settled down for gift opening.
Puccini wasn't quite sure what all the fuss was about, though she did enjoy her own gifts of bully sticks and new squeaky toys. She also found all of the wrapping mess to be a comfortable place to take a Christmas nap.
After gift opening, we started food preparations for our annual Christmas dinner with friends. We didn't host this year, but we had a lovely time with wonderful company.
And now I am treating Christmas break with as much laziness as is humanly possible. I was one worn-out woman before the semester ended!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are being just as lazy as I am during your vacation.
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!