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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Well it’s the day after Christmas. This day is either the most depressing day of the year since Christmas is now over for a whole year. But maybe for others it’s the happiest days of the year seeing how all the shopping and hoopla is over and they can go back to life as normal. Which am I you ask?? It’s a day of sadness for me. I love everything about Christmas! I love the trees, lights, ornaments, carols, shopping for others and even the crowds. I don’t really care for some of the attitudes that others have in the crowds but I love it all. But most of all I love the true meaning of Christmas. The birth of our Savior Jesus. One reason you’ll never hear me say Happy Holidays, its always Merry CHRISTmas!

In my family has we have gotten older traditions have had to change a bit. But that’s what happens when we get older and start families of our own. One thing I loved when growing up was on Christmas Eve after we got home from church we were aloud to open one gift and it was always new pjs. Which was always nice so we didn’t look like little rag a muffin children for the pictures on Christmas morning. And about 14 years ago our cousin Sam started spending the night with us. He would spend the night Christmas Eve and then Santa would come to the house for all three of us, but of course we weren’t aloud to come out of my room until his mom, our other aunt and grandparents got to the house.

One great thing is that Chad’s (my brother in law) family always celebrates on Christmas Eve. They always open their gifts then, which I have never really understood, because have always been Christmas day openers. But it’s always worked out nicely for our families because that way they can do Christmas Eve with his family and then they spend Christmas Day with us.

This year Christmas Eve was nice for me because I didn’t have to work. Normally at ReMax we always have to work half a day on Christmas Eve and as soon as I would get off from there I would go to my sister’s store and work so that people could pick up their orders or get last minute gifts. But this year there isn’t a store and our office was closed, so no work for Mandy (yes I did a little happy dance when I found it out). My parents and I even braved the crowds of Wal-Mart on Christmas Eve! Crazy right?? But it was all good, I got home, started my cooking for Christmas Day and then got ready and headed to church. Have I told y’all how much I love my church, because I do! It was a lovely service. I got back home and finished wrapping my gifts. And Sam came to spend the night. He’s 16 now and I rarely see him throughout the year. He’s your typical 16 year old where friends and girls are the top of his priority list, so I really didn’t think that he would stay with me this year. But at Thanksgiving I asked him if he was going to stay and he said “where else would I stay??” pretty much acting like I was crazy for even asking! LOL, love it! Normally we watch a Christmas movie, but we couldn’t agree on anything and ended up watching Dirty Jobs lol.

Yesterday was great! I woke up and got ready and then helped mom put the finishing touches on food. Once the family all got here and all gifts were given out then started the unwrapping! I love watching people open gifts. I love watching their faces and seeing the excitement in their eyes. That’s one reason I can’t wait to have little kids in the family again. The joy and excitement of Santa and all the new toys. But we had such a good family day of all of us being together. After opening our gifts we just sat around and watched tv and talked while being bums. It was so nice. But then we even got a nice added bonus, it SNOWED!!!!! It never snows in GA, but we finally got a white Christmas. I read earlier where this was the first white Christmas Atlanta has gotten since 1886!! Crazy!! But where everyone else is still getting to enjoy the snow today, ours was all melted by morning.

Christmas 2010 was a great one! So sad to see the Christmas season go by so fast though. I don’t really feel like I got to enjoy it. But that’s okay. Now it’s time to start gearing up for the New Year ahead. I hope that you all had a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

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