Merry Christmas!

The gifts are bought and wrapped and tucked under the tree, the neighbors’ gifts are going to be baked tonight and tomorrow, and this afternoon will start my ten day weekend. Woohoo!! I am so ready.

This has been a relatively stress-free Christmas season so far. I think a combination of online shopping, some chill-out supplements, and going to the gym regularly have helped me be a little more relaxed these last few weeks. The hardest day was last Saturday when I went shopping in actual brick and mortar stores and pushed myself too far to get it all done. But other than that, it’s been enjoyable.

Earlier in December I took my oldest and my youngest to see some Christmas lights at a church in Tulsa:


Honestly, there were almost too many lights.

And then we went to our town’s Christmas parade. There were a lot of really good floats this year, but this one was my favorite:

Won’t you please enjoy my fine video skills?

Also, I took my favorite guy out to my company Christmas dinner:


Why can I never smile like a normal person in pictures? My selfie game needs work. 

Also, I’ve watched Elf approximately 20 times in the last 3 weeks because it seems like it’s on TV EVERY SINGLE DAY. But I don’t really mind because I still laugh every time I see it.


I might sing along loudly when this scene comes up (every single time). 

So yeah normally by this time I’m a big frazzled mess but this year I’m feeling okay about everything. Tomorrow night we are having dinner with my in-laws, Sunday is church and dinner with my extended family, then Monday is Christmas with just my little fam. We’ll open presents after the kids wake me up at O’Dark Thirty,  I’ll make cinnamon rolls and sit in the inevitable explosion of wrapping paper, and then later we’ll have lunch. After lunch I’ll watch The Christmas Story and slip into a Christmas coma for a couple of hours. Ahhhh…heavenly.

I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing, fun holiday! See you in the New Year!

Merry Christmas,



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  One thought on “Merry Christmas!

  1. Bonnie
    December 22, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Merry Christmas!

    • December 22, 2017 at 10:13 am

      Merry Christmas Bonnie!

  2. debby
    December 22, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Wow, that sounds like a really good Christmas season! I love that you said you watched Elf several times. I’ve already watched it once, and I was thinking I would watch it again (because it makes me laugh) but I was thinking that was kind of silly. Now I’ll let me watch it again 🙂

    I love that you’ve arranged it so you can have a nice relaxing Christmas at home with just your family. Perfect 🙂 Merry Christmas to Jill!

    • December 22, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Oh I watch all of the Christmas movies over and over again during December! I love them! 🙂

      I am looking forward to a nice quiet Christmas Day – I hope you have a nice quiet day too!! Merry Christmas to you too Debs!

  3. December 22, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I am feeling really calm too. Cooking lunch for 16 on Christmas Day, but I’m relaxed because I’ve done it many times before, and because this year I’m cooking ALL the things that are important to me and I’ve bought the Christmas Crackers, so I really don’t care whether other family members bring what they say they did or not! (Previous years have held some disappointments.) I don’t even like trifle, so the little drama currently going on about who is going to make it doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

    • December 23, 2017 at 6:51 am

      That’s great Natalie! I hope you have a very Merry Chill Christmas! Hey I’m curious about something…do Christmas songs in Australia talk about sunny weather the way our songs talk snow??? 🙂

  4. Vickie
    December 23, 2017 at 11:50 am

    You have done such a good job of taking back your holidays (for you and your family). Have a great holiday season.

    • December 23, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you Vickie! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  5. Vickie
    January 2, 2018 at 6:24 am

    So curious how the gift giving (duplicates) went this year.

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