This December seemed to just fly by! I felt prepared for the month ahead and things we were going to do through the month beforehand but, when the time came I felt like December came and went in the blink of an eye. While we might not have done ALL the things I would have liked to do this month, we did manage to have some fun and make some sweet memories and that is what matters most. So, I thought it would be fun to look back over our memories made through December and a bit of our Christmas day as well!
We started off the month of December by hosting our second annual Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus! We had a much smaller group this year but, we still had such a fun time! The kids are now to the age where they really understand who Santa is and what it all means. The pure joy and excitement on each of their faces made it all worth it!
At our town’s City Hall they had this giant Polar Bear set up out front so, one day when Jack & I took the water bill by (yes, we still pay by check!) I asked for one quick picture and Jack wanted a picture on ever part of the bear he could climb or sit on! How can you resist when your kid ask “take another picture of me mommy!?”
Each year our local fire department goes around to all the neighborhoods in town collecting canned goods and offering pictures with Fireman Santa in return. Jack wasn’t too sure about this Santa at first but, when asked what He wanted for Christmas He decided he better tell him… just in case this guy was the real deal!
The Friday before Christmas, Jack had a Polar Express party at school and they each got to wear their Christmas pajamas. I wanted one cute picture in front of the tree before we left…. and we got another photo shoot! LOL! He is turning into such a ham these days… and we cannot go anywhere without his rain boots!
That night we went to eat at one of our favorite low-key restaurants – Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken and then a quick stop downtown to see the big Christmas tree!
Over the weekend Jack spiked a fever so, we hung around the house and binge watched Christmas movies. On Christmas Eve He was finally feeling better so, we whipped up some sugar cookies for the big guy and survived Christmas Eve mass at church! It was standing room only and Jack kept loudly saying, “But I don’t want to whisper!!” Yay for defiant toddlers! He is lucky He is cute!
Christmas Eve came and went… and being the on point parents we are, we forgot to have Jack set out milk & cookies!! So, we explained that the next morning and that we set them out for him & that Santa even left him a note! Thankfully, Jack wasn’t upset with the cookies we left out and was SO excited to see that Santa had eaten some of the cookies!!
Christmas morning Jack woke up about 8am, came to our bed and we all slept until 9am when we had to remind Jack that Santa came the night before! I am soaking in these years of him sleeping later on Christmas! We opened our gifts together that morning and later that day my family came over for round 2 of Christmas and Christmas dinner. It was a fun filled day and certainly one of the best Christmases as Jack now understands more about the holiday – Santa & baby Jesus – and it’s just so sweet to see it all through his eyes.