Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Well, friends… Christmas has come and gone, again. All of the excitement and anticipation that’s been building for months and then, POOF! It’s over. Gone in the blink of an eye. Sigh…

Christmas 2015

We spent our Holiday at home. As I said earlier, we took it all in stride.

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We baked for most of the day on Christmas Eve. And, we did it together as a family. Well… I did most of it, but the guys helped. In their own way, lol. (Another post to follow)

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I didn’t exactly plan it that way, but I chose some of the most time-consuming cookies to bake, ever. Sometimes, I need to think further ahead. Lol.

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We had planned on going out for dinner, but I started not to feel so hot. (It happens to me a lot over the holidays. I’m pretty sure it’s at least 70% mental. I’ve got issues, lol.) Once, I told the guys that we should probably just stay home, they all got happy. What?! It turns out, none of them wanted to get dressed up and go out, anyway.  They were just trying to make me happy. Sigh… That’s what it’s like to live with/celebrate with a house full of men boys men. They’d rather be home watching Football, or something. So… I scrambled around at the last-minute, trying to make everything nice for us (me) at home.

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The new plan was to have a nice dinner (take-in) at home, and afterwards, go out for a drive to see the Christmas lights. It worked for me!

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I scrambled to set a decent table. I think it came out ok. It wasn’t fancy, but cute and simple. I didn’t have a centerpiece planned, so I just plopped my nutcracker down and scattered a few pinecones.

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Take-in was from Carrabba’s.

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After dinner and dishes, we dragged our stuffed and sleepy selves into the car, to go see the Christmas lights.

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That’s a true Florida House, lol!

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This house was synchronized to music. I love people who go the extra mile.

Once my husband was too tired to drive anymore, we went back to the house for dessert. We were still stuffed, but all managed to find some extra room.

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I think most of the cookies were gone that night. We made absolute porkers of ourselves, and paid the price for it, too!

Because Santa wasn’t very organized, it took him forever, to get to our house. But, he eventually made it. I finally got into bed around 4:30.

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Because we have no little kids, we slept until noon/one-ish. It’s awesome to sleep that late, but I really miss the pure joy and magic of the morning.

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I think out of all of us, Liesl was the most excited. She is wicked smart, that one. She didn’t bother with the gifts when Santa left them under the tree, but she knew… As soon as we got up… It was time!

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She was very happy with her toys… And, Gubler’s toys, too. What’s hers is hers, and what’s Gubler’s is hers. Lol!

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My son was thrilled with his loot as well, but I think a little disappointed, at the same time. All he asked for was clothes and money, and that’s exactly what he got.  It’s a little boring to just get clothes and money on Christmas Morning. (At least we didn’t get him socks and underwear!) It kinda stinks getting older, huh? He needs to get some hobbies. I don’t think it would kill him to crack open a book, maybe it would, but who knows…  In all fairness, I usually stick some fun stuff into his stocking, which we didn’t do this year. (I couldn’t find them.) I’ll have to make it up to him, next year.

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I, on the other hand, got a lot of fun stuff! It doesn’t take much to make me happy… If it’s cute, or whimsical, or pretty… Because I’m five, I’m pretty easy.  I got another Byers Choice for my collection, The Ghost of Christmas Present…
I got jewelry, another Santos, a lens for my camera, some silly post-it notes, an ornament or two, and a whole bunch of other awesome little odds and ends. Clothes weren’t on the list, as I’m losing weight (except for this week. Sigh…) and it would be a waste. I also got an IOU for a few things that I have to pick out myself. Not too Shabby!

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My husband and brother-in-law Skyped with Spain…

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I was still feeling crappy, so in between napping, I watched the Harry Potter marathon. It’s not like I don’t have all the DVD’s, but for some reason, it’s more fun to watch when it’s on the regular TV. Why is that? Maybe it’s just me.

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We snuggled…
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I like the way the dinner table came out. It was a little fancier than the night before.

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We didn’t dress very fancy for Christmas, either.  I wore sweat pants and a tank top. (And, a few extra pounds!) It didn’t help I wasn’t feeling good. We are so un-sophistercated around here.  I miss the days of getting dressed up, to go out on Christmas. But, que sera, sera. That’s what happens when your relatives are spread out, all over the globe. I miss them all to tears. I think know that’s a huge part of my “holiday issues.” Sigh…

It’s a lot more expensive to travel over the holidays, not to mention, very difficult to get time off from work. Maybe someday, when time and money are no longer an issue… In another galaxy… In another dimension. (Or, when we win the lottery!)

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At least we had each other, and for that, I’m super grateful.

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I hope you all had a very nice holiday, no matter how big or small your celebration was. Merry Christmas!

2 Comments

  1. December 30, 2015 / 1:04 PM

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Your decorations are SO beautiful and SO festive. You really inspire me. You are my inspiration!!! I love you and miss you SOOOO much…xoxoxoxo

    • Karen
      January 5, 2016 / 2:55 PM

      Thank you! Did you see my new Byers Choice? I love it! Miss you and love you!

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