“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas! Mine was absolutely incredible, yet pretty low key as I spent it with family. Their was such joy watching my nephews and niece take delight in the magic that is Santa. They fill my heart with so much love and the excitement they had was truly special.
I flew home last Tuesday.
Alas while it was great to be home, Svetlana’s (My computer) Hard drive bit the dust. I have been without my trusty sidekick for a week as it is being operated on at the computer hospital. Thus keeping up with everyone’s posts, and posting my own has been a wee bit difficult. I admire people who can write on their phone because I certainly can not. Thankfully my Mom (Thank you Mommy Sutton!) has an iPad, while it still isn’t ideal, at least I am not slacking completely.
Because of my computer situation, I have not been going to my local coffee shop, and getting my fill of maple lattes. The withdrawals have been strong!
The week before Christmas
The days flew by as I helped my parents get ready for Christmas. I also spent time with my nephews, the elder of my brother’s kids was so excited to see me, and literally wanted to spend every waking moment with me!
My heart absolutely melted.
I played outside with them in the snow, had a Starbucks date, and even a nerf war.
My mom and I got our nails done and my nail tech who is so incredibly talented, did trees with rhinestone stars on mine. I love them! They are so festive.
My brother and I went to see Star Wars which wasn’t bad, but I completely understand the mixed reviews. It was bittersweet to see Carrie Fisher and it leaves questions as to what direction they are going to go with the next one.
I finally got a Maple Latte on Saturday, as well as finished wrapping for my parents and helped my brother with his gifts for my SIL. #browniepoints
I went for a five mile run in the morning, before getting ready for Church. Since I was a little girl, we would get dressed up and attend the Christmas Eve Mass.
The church is always beautifully decorated. I love listening to the Christmas hymns and the recounting of the Nativity. It is such a beautiful way to find some reflection amongst the hustle and bustle and a reminder of WHY we celebrate Christmas.
Christmas morning dawned to a legit blizzard. It was snowing hard core which just added to the magic of the day.
My brother and his family slept over, and to see their expressions when they awoke and saw what Santa had brought them was priceless. Their excitement and innocence made the whole day.
One of my favorite moments of the day, was when Carter gave me his present. He and I will have nerf and sword fights, and he had gotten me a sword so we could have even more epic battles.
He was so proud of himself. He and Jackson also got me figurines for my Christmas Village…One of which is a My Little Pony figurine.
They literally kill me!
Breakfast plays a huge role in our Christmas traditions. We are Eastern European and my Mom always makes the traditional breakfast complete with kielbasa and kolache. It was always my favorite part of Christmas, and it remains so even as I have gotten older.
After breakfast and presents, we relaxed.
Thanks to the foot of snow we got, I ended up doing some shoveling. I had to work off that breakfast feast some how!
The rest of the day was wonderfully low key, my oldest brother came over, we ate dinner, and opened the rest of the presents. I finished out the day with the parentals, watching Christmas movies, drinking some hot cocoa, and munching on some Christmas cookies.
I could not have choreographed a better Christmas if I had tried. It was complete with the people I love AND snow! It definitely did not get better then that!
How was your Christmas? How did you spend it?