‘Twas the day before Christmas

Yesterday my son woke up at 7:30am! Huzzah! It’s amazing how much more manageable the day feels when you’ve only been awake for 1.5 hours at 9am, instead of 3.5 hours.

I spent much of yesterday running around, getting the final presents for Christmas. I definitely found a couple of awesome things, so I’m glad I headed out. Costco was so overrun I couldn’t even get into the parking lot, but the other stores I hit up were fine – a little crowded but nothing crazy.

Last night I was up until 1:30am wrapping and sorting presents. The way we do Christmas Eve and Day is kind of crazy: we spend Christmas Eve afternoon at my parents’ house, then drive home to sleep, wake up to open one present under our tree, and then head to my in-laws’ for Christmas morning. At lunch we head back down to my parents’ house and finish the day there. At the last minute we head back home to sleep in our own beds. It’s insanity, but it allows us to see both sets of grandparents in a way that works for well enough for everyone. It also requires I have an equal distribution of presents for each child, for each house. It definitely gets complicated.

My son woke up at 6:30am this morning (two steps forward, one step back) and I’m exhausted after only 5 hours of sleep. It’s definitely going to be a long day, especially since both kids are out of their minds excited for tomorrow. I’m anxiously anticipating the festivities as well, and hoping the kids can pull it together for most of the day. I hope we can manage frequent down time, and help them find ways to recharge between bouts of over-stimulation.

Mostly I’m so thankful that Christmas fell on a Monday so my husband can be home today. The years I’ve had to navigate Christmas Eve alone are super long and difficult.

Right now I’m working out while the kids play in the bath. We’ll probably re-watch the Lego Ninjago Movie since the rental expires tomorrow (they have refused to watch ANY Christmas movies this year, much to my disappointment) , and then head down to my parents’s house. Let the festivities begin!

What are you up to today?

1 Comment

  1. Hope your holiday was wonderful. Hope YOU got to enjoy it and that there was love and laughter and joy. Hope that today the aftermath is peaceful and that you are all able to be outdoors with enough closeness for sharing and enough separation for happy quietness.
    We were able to gather and quit ‘preparing’ on Saturday and simply enjoy the time together through yesterday late afternoon when everyone scattered back to their own homes. Thinking now about the coming advent of a new year. Fingers crossed already.

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