Things We Learned This Christmas

Our Christmas celebrations have finally come to an end. I’ll share a lot of pictures on Thursday as part of this week’s You Capture challenge. For now, however, I will share a few things that we learned.

1. I shouldn’t wear heels. Ever. I fell down our entire flight of stairs on Christmas Eve as we went to leave for church. I bought those heels specifically to wear with the dress that I was wearing. I won’t be wearing them again. I am Miss Congeniality apparently.

2. My boys get tired of wearing their Christmas sweaters on time number six. Now, to be fair, we got a lot of use out of those sweaters this year. (Santa pictures, BigBrother’s program, BigBrother’s party, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Christmas with my family just yesterday.) Yesterday morning, however, LittleBrother exclaimed, “I don’t want to wear fire truck sweater!” Who can blame him? That’s a lot of wearing in one month. (That said, I need to convince another company to make a fire truck Christmas sweater/shirt for next year. They got so many compliments!)

3. Can’t find something that you desperately want/need for Christmas? Put grandparents in charge. I’m usually great at being on top of Hallmark ornaments but I wasn’t this year. Thanks to a tweet by @ResourcefulMom, I learned that Hallmark had a Toy Story ornament this year. Our local stores were all sold out. Guess who found it? Yia Yia (my mom). This happened with a few things. Win!

4. Keeping the whole reason for the season discussion going is not all that difficult. Until Christmas day. Then even the best of children will exclaim, “I want more presents!” Thankfully, BigBrother was easily reminded that gifts are not a right. He went back to saying his thank yous and acting like a good boy in short order.

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5. I had a moment of, “Hmm, that doesn’t look like a lot of presents,” after they opened what we (and Santa) had given them on Christmas morning. I immediately felt silly, especially considering the point above. I have been assured, however, that many parents have that moment of, “Well, gee, I thought I bought more than that,” on Christmas morning. I questioned, for just a moment, whether making a budget and sticking to it is the best way to go about Christmas shopping. My worries were soon forgotten as they received far more than their fair share of presents from three sets of grandparents, four sets of great-grandparents and one great-great-grandmother. Add in the aunts and uncles and friends that also gave them gifts and, well, we’re set until their birthdays next November. Please remind me of this point when I am busy sticking to my budget next Christmas. It works for us. Sticking with it. Plus? It’s really not about what is under the tree.

6. Christmas is so much better as a parent. I knew that last year but this year was just a reminder.

We really had a lovely, blessed Christmas experience this year.

We hope yours was great as well. Tune in Thursday for a look at pictures.

 

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5 Replies to “Things We Learned This Christmas”

  1. Wow sorry to hear about the heels.. youch! Sounds like your Christmas went well though and they look adorable in their pajamas too.

    Sigh. One day I’ll have kids and will be able to do the “Christmas is better as a parent” thing. For now I can just spoil my cat. :o)
    .-= Ari´s last blog ..2009 in Review: April – June =-.

  2. I had a moment when I thought Santa hadn’t brought my daughter enough, but now as I sit here staring at a bunch of gifts that haven’t even been played with yet I’m thinking Santa brought way too much….

  3. We tried limiting gifts and budgeting this year for kiddo and it went ok. Like you, we forgot about all the other relatives giving as well. Kiddo has really only played with 1 gift (the parking garage) since Christmas! Plus his birthday is in 2 weeks so he’ll be set for the year.

  4. Christmas IS so much better as a parent!! And don’t worry – I think the majority of parents has that “Is that all?” moment. Mine always dissolves when the girls fixate on one or two things and take a week or two to get around to their other presents.

    (P.S. – I LOVE the stocking hanging off his bike. Looks like he won’t let it get too far out of reach!)
    .-= Katie in MA´s last blog ..Someone fetch me some chicken soup. =-.

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