Twas The Night Before Christmas WHAT?!
I Want to Know Where This Quiet House Is Located!
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house… Ok, I would be lying if I finished that next part. What house is REALLY quiet on Christmas Eve? Surely not a home with kids! Not MY home!
For us, Christmas Eve, as well as all the days leading up to Christmas are pure chaos. Between parties, baking, Christmas gift buying, wrapping all the presents and just typical daily life, things can get pretty crazy around the Smith house! Anyone else’s house like this?
My idea is to get the kids in bed early on Christmas Eve so Santa can come but that NEVER happens! Last minute making and decorating cookies for Santa, sprinkling reindeer food out in the yard, and just the excitement from the anticipation of Christmas keeps our house hopping on Christmas Eve. Kids lay in bed the night before Christmas wiggling, tossing and turning because they are too excited to sleep.
Meanwhile, mom and dad are typically busy finishing up any last minute Christmas gift wrapping, eating Santa’s cookies, filling stockings and cleaning the house to make it picture perfect for Christmas morning. Why DO we clean before Christmas? I mean, the house gets trashed Christmas morning anyways from all the wrapping paper, boxes, tie straps and more from opening gifts. Oh, and don’t forget about the late night fight with the new toys. Yep, putting together new toys can be NO FUN! Even the English version of the instructions seems foreign to me!
Well, I say all that to say that Christmas Eve is crazy but I wouldn’t want it any other way. If it wasn’t crazy, it means we aren’t having fun! What keeps us so busy are our children and all the crazy fun traditions we have created over the years. My kids may never remember gifts they received (I know I hardly remember any gifts I ever got as a child even though I know I received more than enough!), but they will remember making cookies every Christmas for Santa (even though my oldest two don’t believe anymore they still love doing it). They will remember sprinkling reindeer food out on the grass. They will remember snuggling up to watch Christmas movies and seeing only crumbs left on Santa’s plate Christmas morning.
What traditions do you have with your family? Time flys way too fast to not enjoy these crazy moments. Take a deep breath and soak in every moment here even in the midst of the busiest season each year. It only happens once a year, so enjoy it! To think that I only have 18 Christmases with my babies at home makes me want to enjoy every single simple moment during this Christmas season! Don’t stress over the little stuff!