Christmas 2011 Recap


Is it just me, or does anyone else find themselves a little (or possibly a lot) sad when Christmas day comes to a close?

It's not sadness that stems from disappointment. No, it's just a sad that comes when something that you were looking forward to and that was so great, it's borderline heartbreaking when it comes to a close. I never feel as though I have enough time with our decorations or to do family things or just seasonal things in general.

This year, I decided to take off the entire week leading up to Christmas so that I could enjoy being at home, wrapping presents and just relaxing. Have you noticed the older we get, the less of that last thing we do during this season? I found myself humming Amy Grant's "I Need a Silent Night" throughout various points of the day for the past couple of weeks. If you haven't heard it, I suggest pausing the reading of this post to look it up. It's a great reminder!

I, unfortunately, had to head to Mount Airy all by my lonesome on Christmas eve because my poor, sweet husband had fallen victim to the cold that seems to be making it's rounds. I just jammed out to Christmas carols all the way up there and truly enjoyed my time with my side of the family. The only bad thing was having to make the hour and 45 minute drive back in my incredibly stuffed state. Talk about having heavy eyelids! But they were totally worth the incredible meal that my dad and brother had created. Yum! And I was a good wife and brought some leftovers to Andrew...too bad I didn't bring enough back for me...

Then around 5 Christmas eve evening, we headed over to Andrew's parents. I almost always have to prepare myself for the wonderful chaos that will inevitably take place on Christmas eve night within that house. I'm certain that when there are presents involved, kids multiply.

Seriously, 5 kids automatically give the illusion of being 10 because of presents and all the anticipation and excitement that Christmas brings and it can be a bit overwhelming. And because of such illusions, the aforementioned preparation that has to take place! But despite the noise and ripping of paper, it is such a joy to be around a big family on an exciting night. Mind you, I can only take it for a couple of hours, but I do love it...

Another reason we love it, is because after it's all said and done, we get to head back to our quiet home and spend the evening with each our and our 4-legged children.  Andrew would love if we would come home and open the presents we got for one another, but I am a big advocate for Christmas morning present opening. I just love waking up and feeling like a kid and bugging my husband until he gets up.

I was really excited to for Andrew to open up his "big" present from me which was a record player. I realize that may sound odd, but my mom had given him some great vinyls like a year ago and he had no way of listening to them until now! I also bought a Frank Sinatra Christmas album for us to listen to the rest of the morning.

After presents and a great breakfast, we were pretty stationary the rest of the day. We snacked, watched Christmas movies and enjoyed the day.

It was a great Christmas for us and I pray the same for y'all! God has blessed us beyond belief for this year and I have no doubt that 2012 will a blessed adventure as well, but until then, I will enjoy these remaining days of 2011...

with our Christmas lights of course :)

And all fell silent 
For the cry of an infant,
the voice of God
Was dividing history
For those with eyes to see,
the Son would shine
From earth that night
--Bebo Norman 

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Unknown said...

Sounds like my Christmas! You took some great pictures!

Megan said...

Ahhh, that many kids is crazy! We have 5 in the family,'s always loud! Haha!! Y'all are super adorable. I'm glad y'all had a good Christmas!!

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