This was my first Christmas not living at home. And of course, my first Christmas being married. It was wonderful to spend the morning with my husband....creating our own special holiday traditions. We opened gifts and ate chocolate by the glow of the tree. All while Bing Crosby played in the background. Pure bliss! The only downside? I missed all of my family traditions. Like waking up way too early. My brother and I looking through our stockings. And the sound of my dad turning on the coffee maker. It felt strange to be a guest in the house that was mine for so long.
I guess I have always struggled with change. It took me a long time to settle into the apartment and get used to my new home. Now that Christmas is over and we have celebrated our first holiday here? It finally feels like ours. So that was nice. This Christmas was different in so many ways......yet the same, too. My husband was working on Christmas Eve so I went to my parents house to bake, listen to music, watch movies, and see the lights around the neighbourhood. I think I appreciate those moments even more now. Does that make sense?
As for Christmas morning....it was a total blur. The hubby and I had our own Christmas celebration at the apartment. Then it was off to his parents house and then to my own. After opening gifts, he went back to his parents for Christmas dinner and I stayed with my family. Yes....it was definitely different. I am used to waking up, putting on my PJs, and not moving from the living room couch. This year there were a lot of moving pieces. Now that it is all over? I confess, I am a little sad. I usually am at this time of year. Christmas holds such a special place in my heart. It always makes me sad when the lights dim and the yuletide cheer fades away. Sigh.
So, today's post is much needed. I wanted to share with you some of my favourite snaps from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If only because it makes me smile to look at them again.....
It's over. The holiday season is behind us and it is back to the same old routines. There is something very bittersweet about that. But to paraphrase my husband, "Christmas needs to go away so you can appreciate it again next year." Smart, huh?
How did you celebrate Christmas this year? Share your stories!