Originally Posted by lanamommyphd07
I'm thinking about Storm's fun tonight.. I hope it all went fabulously!
My Christmas was absolutely flawless.
The kids were awesome - we usually get at least a little bit of excitement induced behavioural trouble (a meltdown, siblings fights, etc.) and there was nothing this year. They were great with each other, great with us, great with their cousins up at grandma's house, etc. They're even saying "thank you" without prompting, which took a looonnng time (dd1 and ds2 are both quite timid about people, in very different ways). Dinner was perfect. DS1 and dd1 played elf at my mom's, and they had a great time doing so.
The "big" gifts were super well received. DS2 almost jumped up and down over finally having a Go board. DD1 hugged her ice skates, and said, "I was worried about having to rent skates for my own birthday party". DS1's reaction the blacksmithing lessons can't even be described - he started smiling, then laughing so hard he couldn't even breathe. That was fun - just wish I'd switched the camera to video mode sooner than I did.
DD2 enjoyed all her gifts, with the surprise hit being the two-headed stuffed snake that ds1 bought for her. She initially wanted to name it "Slither", which is the name of dd1's stuffed snake. DD2 seemed to realize that dd1 didn't like that idea, so she changed it, and her snake is now named "Cuppy Balance" (don't ask me).
The stocking stuffing on Christmas Eve went really well. I had to partially empty and restuff ds2's stocking (mostly because of the accoustic guitar strings - that packages are quite wide), but the rest went really well. I was up late, but not as late as it could have been. DS1's aunt and uncle didn't even serve Christmas Eve dinner until about 10:30 or therabouts, so it was pretty late by the time I picked ds2 up to bring him home, which kind of messed up my evening. I want ds1 to get his license this summer, so he can borrow the minivan next Christmas Eve, and take care of this stuff himself. (He could bus, but I don't want to make him do that on Christmas Eve.)
We got all our baking handed out, except one basket. One of ds2's friends seems to have been away over Christmas. We've been doing the baking for a few years, and this year, several people gave us baking back, which kind of surprised me. Apparently, one of dd1's friend's dad says they're going to bake for us next year, and include a note about how we've "hooked them up" with delicious baking for the last few years. I heard a couple neighbours talking about our baking, and how they'd eaten almost all of it already, on Christmas Eve. It's good to know people do enjoy it. And, we made one of our neighbours, A, cry. A is an elderly woman, with some mental health issues, who lives alone. DD1 really likes her (they share a strong interest in nature), so we gave her a plate. She opened the door, and told us how she'd hurt her eye a week or so ago, and hadn't been able to decorate her tree, or Christmas shop, or anything, and said, "I'm just not having Christmas", then pattted the plate of baking, and said, "well, now I am", and started to cry. (She was going to her son's on Christmas itself, so she wasn't going to be alone that day.) DD1 is very glad she decided to do a plate for A this year.
So, anyway - busy, as always, but I wasn't stressed this year. The visit at mom's was much quieter than in the past...I guess the fact that the group is older than they were is making a difference. The "kids" that were there are 19, 17, 2 X 13, 12, 11, 3 X 9, 7 and 3 - there are two sets of twins in there. They just don't create the same kind of pandemomium they did 2-3 years ago. DD2 is the only really little one, and she's actually pretty laidback. It was an amazingly stress-free day, and there weren't even any hints of family drama - we never get much, but there are frequently some minor undercurrrents, yk?
So, yes - everything went fabulously. I have such a wonderful family.