Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve night arrived before I was even aware.  A too-late dinner paired with a too-late bedtime paired with a sick mama who was doing her best at flying solo=an overwhelmed mama. Once I got them dressed, I was ready to tuck them in bed to begin the monumental task of preparing that Christmas tree for Christmas morning. 

But, something stopped me from thinking "What's next?" for just a moment.  It was my kids.  Squealing in excitement over their new mama made jammies.  I didn't feel like trucking down those stairs once again to grab the camera, but I'm very glad I did.

They were playing "One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four".

And talking and laughing about who knows what.
And this wasn't my idea, it was his.

This year they look so big.  Next Christmas Eve, I'll look back at these pictures and they'll look so tiny.  Grabbing that camera helped me slow down.

They *finally* fell asleep.  Somehow, I pulled the strength to get the tree ready. It's no fun being sick on Christmas, let me tell you.  But I managed. And in my eyes, it looked striking. (Can you spy the cat?)
 I wrapped all ours in fabric bags/wooden boxes.

  My in laws sent several generous packages and asked us to wrap them. I used the packing paper that came with their amazon orders and tied a bow.  That look is my favorite type of look for holiday packages.

Thankful I pulled it together, despite not feeling well.   I promise to show you Christmas pictures as soon as I have more energy to go through them (hope to feel 100% soon!)  Thankful my kids had a marvelous Christmas.


  1. Oh, so sorry you're under the weather! Hope you get some hot soup to comfort you.
    That's some haul! Love the simple wrappings.
    Feel better!

  2. It all looks beautiful. Feel better soon!

  3. So sorry to hear you were feeling bad but you sure got things done. I have to say, I love the warmth and simplicity of your tree. The pics are just precious as always of the children. You are so right, next year they will be so big.... I love the brown packaging with blue ribbons too. It all is just beautiful! Blessings!

  4. Oh goodness. What a bummer to have been sick. But I have to say that your gift display looks very cheery!

  5. Your tree is soooo pretty! And it looks wonderful with all those pretty presents underneath. I'm so sorry you were sick but you did a great job pulling it all together. I hope you feel better soon!

  6. Oh, so sorry you weren't feeling good. You sure did a marvelous job in spite of it. Everything looks so festive and beautiful. You were one smart cookie thinking to use the packing paper as wrapping paper. :-)



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