We celebrate Christmas a little differently at our house. It almost never lands on the 25th. Christmas for us is about family and since Doug is a pilot he is almost never home on the 25th. We celebrate Christmas on the day nearest the 25th without going over (it would be cruel to expect kids to wait until after the 25th not so bad if it comes early) that Doug has off. This year Doug had the 22nd and 23rd off so, that meant Christmas was the 23rd. Christmas was great, all of the kids were here and Chloe finally understands the whole Santa Claus thing. How can you not be excited with a toddler in the house. They get so excited for Christmas morning. Even the older kids seemed to feed off her excitement.
This year Christmas seemed less stressful. It seemed almost easy. I was stressed out leading up to it and the graduation party (we had a party for Caitlin on the 22nd with over 30 people, she graduated from Cornell with a degree in EE, now that is impressive) but once everything started to fall into place it seemed to go rather smoothly. Maybe things were less stressful because now there is a routine at the holidays, or because I got in a few runs, or because I had everything planned out, or because we kept everything as simple as we could, or maybe the combination of all of those things. The thing is: Christmas was FUN!!!! I had missed Christmas of old for sometime now but, this year it was back and I just loved it and everyone that was there to share in it.