Hi friends. How was your Christmas? Ours was pretty chill, literally. With temperatures dropping so low, we hibernated inside for a few days at my parent’s place. It meant we didn’t get to enjoy some usual holiday activities, like looking at Christmas lights or snowshoeing, but we enjoyed our time together nonetheless. I thought I’d pop in quick to share some of our holiday highlights.
Rest and Relaxation
The beauty of going home for the holidays is getting away from all the to-do lists and busyness. I made it through three books myself and finding some new favourites to read with Liam.
Liam is loving board games a lot right now. We spent almost every afternoon playing Hungry Hungry Hippos, Jenga, Sorry, and Candyland. The evenings were spent playing Uno, Dutch Blitz, and Clue. I love Dutch Blitz and Clue but I’m so, so terrible at both of them.
A friend found this great Christmas Eve box for Liam this year, so I filled it with the annual Christmas pajamas, a new housecoat and stuffie, and the Twas The Night Before Christmas book for Liam to open before bed. He was so excited about the housecoat and pajamas and to wait to see Santa.
One of the great things about spending Christmas in Rocky Mountain House is watching the Santa flyover, put on by the local airport. We almost missed it this year, but it’s always so magical to see. Liam practically knocked us over afterward to run downstairs to bed and was out like a light within minutes. Why can’t kids go to bed like that every night?!
For some reason, I woke up before Liam did. I’m definitely thankful that I haven’t been woken up at too early o’clock by a kid too excited for Christmas. The first thing Liam said when he came into my room was that he thought he heard Santa in the middle of the night but he didn’t get up to try and take a peak because he didn’t want Santa to get mad. It’s the magic of Christmas through a child’s eyes that makes it so special.
Of course, Liam was spoiled. His favourite things are his new tent and sleeping bag, Waskasoo stuffy, and Millenium Falcon toy. I was also spoiled with a new hiking day pack, salt lamp, and gift cards. There will be a shopping trip in my near future (once the craziness of boxing week dies down).
Christmas morning is always chaos with Liam around. He tears into things so quickly we can hardly keep up with what’s from who. The beauty is, this year he can read his own name so he knows exactly what is for him and what isn’t.
Being able to spend four days with this little family of mine is so special and I’m forever grateful that I got to spend Christmas with Liam. Our Christmas’s aren’t anything extraordinary, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. My heart was definitely full and it was hard to say goodbye and return to real life again.