Guys, how fantastic is the month of December? It is a month filled with everyone I love.
People that I love so much that I started making and planning the month back in August so that I don't hate them by this point. I know it sounds a bit crazy but everything gets hairy if I leave it
until December. Frankly, I go off the deep end and lose my Self to the
holidays if I don't manage it early.
I am never so thankful that we don't have cable as I am at Christmas. We would be paying off Christmas the entire year if my consumer habits were at all impacted by Christmas television. I am too easily swayed in my habits.
Frankly, this year was as centered and family oriented as we could have hoped. Lots of sleep, home made food, focused snuggle time, friends, space and a civil amount of wine keeps us all on our game.
We started the holidays with our Urban Family Party on the first night of Hanukkah. Aviva's mother brought a minora for all the kids for the first lighting. The recital was amazing and Fenner performed her current the holiday favourite; Alligator Pie
This was followed by our tree trimming party. We have family drop in for decorating and soup in early December before calendars are too jammed with commitment.
Gingerbread decorating party. I think Fenner finds great relief in Steph's company. She is so clear and logical - her rules are very similar to our family's and well her love of the child's perspective is obvious.
But this year, all of Steph's girls were grown up and I didn't think they were going to have any more parties. I see now that I had clearly grossly underestimated her girls' commitment to the tradition.
My daughter is becoming heartbreakingly astute around games - she asked Sam up front if she meant "winning games" or not. To which Sam replied that of course it wouldn't be a winning game that wouldn't be fair (THANK YOU SAM)
She then cracked out this magical game that Fenner is currently SMITTEN with. It would seem the competitive agenda of most kids and adults might not be as subtle as we might have hoped.
We ended the pre-Christmas blitz like this on Christmas Eve. Surrounded by loved ones, books and quiet time.
if you subscribe to that sort of thing.