I hope you all had a Merry Christmas, or whatever it is that you celebrate. I always have mixed feelings about the holidays. I would love to tell you that I'm a complete Christmas nut. Going all out on decorations and gifts, but the truth is... I don't really like Christmas that much. Blasphemy, right? In fact, if it wasn't for my kids, I could probably do without it completely.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not by any means a Scrooge. I decorate my house, send Christmas cards (although this year really late), make cookies, and buy gifts. I love to see the look on my kids faces as they run down the stairs and see what Santa left for them. The wonder and magic that twinkles in their eyes. That innocence that fairytales are real and if you wish hard enough Santa will bring you what you want for Christmas. If you were on the nice list, of course. I also love to get someone a gift I just know they are going to love. The excitement of waiting till they open it to see the look on their face. The feeling of goodwill that people seem to get this time of year. Spending time with family and friends.
By the same token, there are some things I can do without. The crowds at the stores and people being rude. The materialism and commercialism of it all. People spraying other people with pepper spray to get a good deal. There are so many things to do and not enough time. Most of all, I miss my Mom. It was her favorite time of year.
I did have a wonderful Christmas, though. My kids got everything they wanted from Santa and I had a great time spending time with family. My husband got me a Keurig coffee machine, that I just love! However, I'm glad it's over. Now maybe I can slow down... yeah right!
How were your holidays? Are you a Christmas fanatic, Scrooge, or somewhere in between? Are you happy they are over? What was your favorite gift this year?