Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everybody! How did you spend your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?

Like most married couples with kids, we tried to show up at the holiday dinners of both families. My side of the family usually prioritizes the New Year's Eve celebration while my husband's side prioritizes Christmas Eve and Noche Buena. That being the case, early in our marriage we agreed that we go to my mother-in-law's house for Christmas Eve and my grandmother's house for New Year's Eve. It's a happy compromise for us, and our kids get to spend the holidays with both sides of the family.

For the past few days, we've been very busy with preparing gifts for the various people in our lives. I'm the sort to give out "practical gifts" meaning, I'd like people to actually USE the gift. For example, I gave my mother a face cream that she actually uses. That's why I'm a bit partial to toiletries. Unusual things like neos overshoes are reserved for people who actually put them on their wishlist, because these are not exactly cheap and would just be wasted if I gave them to somebody who does not use them at all.  Anyway, it's a lot of fun matching items to recipients.  What's not fun is paying for them!  Hahaha!

As always, the holidays are a lot of fun...but it's kinda tiring too.  I do wish to impart to my kids that this is the season of Christ's birth, a season of hope, of giving and of family.

Merry Christmas, everybody!