and I don't mean that in a bad way. It was one of those days I don't want to forget. We had our chores done by 8:00am so the rest of the morning was spent fluffing a Christmas tree for the living room, creating paper chains, watching Sam's birthday DVD from when he was 2 and 3, playing battleship, gazing at a napping Julia, making cookies and letting Julia help despite the extra clean up that involves, playing Risk, playing monopoly, eating cookies fresh from the oven, unwrapping Christmas books, listening to Sam read two beginner books as well as a few pages in his first attempt at a chapter book, dancing to Christmas music, teaching Julia how to sew, tearing up at seeing the joy on her face when she could maneuver the needle all on her own, teaching Julia how to sew sequins onto an ornament she designed, wearing Elsa in the Sleepy Wrap, being thanked by PapaBear for making the house look nice, listening to Elsa giggle because of her brother's antics, watching Daddy & the big kids have a tackle fight before bed, doing our "thankfuls" with Sam, Sam telling me he said a prayer before he settled down for our sleepover, hearing Elsa sigh in her sleep,
It was a day that didn't involve a single trip to town, a day where I didn't spend a penny, and a day that didn't require stepping foot outside other than to open the gate to the park. As I prepared dinner this evening I pondered why a simple day at home put me more in Christmas Spirit than a day of shopping for gifts, visiting the Big Guy, or making Christmas crafts/Christmas gifts. I'm still mulling it over as I write this post. Obviously not being in a hurry to get somewhere on time makes a big difference in my stress level. I think another part of it is that last year we barely had a Christmas. It wasn't until the week before Christmas that I was able to be downstairs for any length of time. Whatever the reason, I want to bottle this feeling up!
How was your day?