Christmas and New Year's always seem to come and go so fast. There is a lot of anticipation leading up to Christmas; planning celebrations (with each of our families), getting THE perfect gift for everyone on your list, decorating, wrapping, and this year it included teaching our son about the real meaning of Christmas. (I realize he doesn't fully understand that Christ was born to save us, but he at least knows who "baby Jesus" is now). Then all of sudden the celebrations are over and ...whoa...it's a New Year!
For the day of Christmas this year, we were in Kansas City, able to spend time with Reid's side of the family. On Christmas Eve, we gathered at his aunt and uncles and enjoyed a great lunch (Stouffer's lasagna- Reid's favorite) and we tried a new way of exchanging gifts- a $40 pseudo-white elephant. I'm not sure everyone was receptive of the idea, but it was fun and nice to keep things different. We ended up with a massage (for me) and a folding table and chairs (which really is something I wanted and Reid obliged my request...thanks honey). All in all, its not really about the gifts, but we enjoy being able to all be in the same house for even just a few hours. I've said it before and I really am so thankful for wonderful inlaws. I had to leave and sing in the choir at St. Andrew the Apostle (our parish) for the 4:30pm Christmas Eve Mass. This Christmas marked the year (plus a few days) anniversary that I joined St. Andrew's choir. It is something I enjoy doing and feel like I'm able to "give a little extra" in the way of my time to the church. The Mass was beautiful and the music went well. Afterwards- we finished up the evening with more games and way too many good eats.