Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Comes But Once a Year

And it is truly the most magical day of the year, too.

It's not because of our Christmas PJs (though they do make us very happy--especially Sophia!).

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It's not because of the gifts Santa leaves (though they are always just what we wanted--a new BYU sweatshirt for Bria, a FIFA 15 video game for Chloe, and a Lizzie Hearts doll for Sophia).

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It's not because of the anticipation of heading down the stairs to finally see what Santa brought on Christmas morning (though it is definitely REALLY exciting!).

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And it's not even because of all the awesome presents under the tree (this year there were books and violin/piano music and BYU clothing mostly--and most of it wasn't from The Maestro and me because we're going on a tropical vacation for Christmas!).

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It's not all the Christmas goodies (though Puccini certainly enjoyed eating what Santa left behind...).

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It wasn't spending a lovely Christmas dinner with good friends (we hosted this year, and thanks to Chloe, this is the only photo I have--it's the kids' table--too busy!)
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No, it's magical because we love each other a little more, we appreciate each other a little more, we're a little more generous with each other, and because we are celebrating the birth of our Savior. Remembering Him makes us all a little more joyous than usual.

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(This last photo was one of my favorite Christmas morning moments. Chloe had been waiting for months to gift her extensive Littlest Pet Shop collection to her little sister. She's grown out of them, and Sophia loves them still. So when Sophia opened the note that said what she was getting for Christmas from Chloe she attacked her with a bear hug.)

I think this photo of me and a gift from my brother applies, no?

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I'm sure thankful for all of the free gifts I've been given this Christmas season.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and I wish you a very happy New Year this week, too!

Happy Sunday!

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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. That sign from your brother is correct, indeed!
    Thank you for sharing your Christmas - its always fun to see how other people celebrate (and all the traditions involved as well!).

  2. My brother does know me well! Thanks so much for being such a great reader...hope you have a really happy new year!

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