Happy Christmas Eve Eve. We are just about to what I consider “the good part”. Meaning, the part where all the “work” is over, and we can just hopefully relax and enjoy the fruits of our labor.
As I mentioned, my maybe favorite part of the season is actually early December. But the 24 through ~27th or so is right up there, too. Actually, I’d say I really enjoy the entire week following Christmas, up through the 31st. It still feels festive- Christmas movies and music are still appropriate- but all the work/prep is behind us.
We don’t really prepare a huge Christmas meal that requires a ton of work, and I like it that way. We tend to do more like appetizer style foods, plus usually some Mexican inspired food for Ivan. For Thanksgiving we do the whole formal sit-down meal, and it’s lovely and wonderful, but it’s a lot of work. For Christmas, there’s so much other work that goes into preparing for the holiday, that I have zero desire to cook all day long on Christmas. ZERO.
I am feeling more and more that holidays are really best when you are <18 years old. They just magically “happen” for you at that age and you get to enjoy all the benefits with none of the effort. 🙂
Once we get to Christmas Eve, it always feels like we can breathe a collective sigh of relief. We tend to watch a lot of Christmas movies during Christmas week and the week after, and I find that to be extremely relaxing. All the gifts are bought and wrapped- whatever we have, we have. No time left to do any more shopping. The cookies have been made; now we just have to eat them. Same with the decorating, etc…. it’s all been long done. All we need to do now is sit and enjoy.
I’m still working today, but probably 85% of my department took the day off today. Our standing 8:30 a.m. Friday meeting was cancelled- yay! Should be a low-key day. I’m going to try to get a lot done early so I can hopefully check out sooner than later.
It definitely feels wintery outside. Temperature when I woke up said -14 degrees Fahrenheit. Brrr…. good day to stay inside and be cozy. 🙂
We did exactly that last night. After having a family game night (grandparents included) by the fireplace, we watched a romantic comedy Netflix movie called I Believe in Santa, which was very cute. (Rated PG, but I might not recommend for Santa-believers! Just a LOT of very real talk about adults not believing in Santa, etc which might cause some…questions/ confusion especially for kids that are on the cusp of aging out.)
Hope everyone is staying warm and feeling ready for this weekend!
I am grateful that we didn’t get as much snow as originally thought, which hopefully has minimized issues for people traveling on the roads this week in our area. Still icy and slippery, but hopefully better than it could have been, at least.