Monday, December 24, 2012

One More Sleep 'Til Christmas

After all, it's only one more sleep 'til Christmas.

Things are hopping at our house this morning.  Lots of straightening and tidying going on, so that company will have plenty of space to lounge about and Santa will have a lovely space to deposit presents. 

We have bread rising in the kitchen, and The Peanut and I are about to make a couple of pumpkin pies. 

There is a ham that will go in the crockpot later, too.  Thankfully, I got the make-ahead mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry salad made yesterday -- so all they will need is re-heating or serving.

This year, I tried to make the day a little more relaxing and a little less crazy by planning ahead.  Here's hoping it works.  If nothing else, leftovers will make tomorrow even easier, so we can concentrate on more playing and less frenzy, which is good for everyone.  Right?

At some point today, we'll take the time to pick out something from Heifer International, to give a little of our blessings to others who could use a little cheer. 

It is one of my favorite things to do this time of year.  For me, giving to others who need it is really the spirit of Christmas, and we try to instill that in The Peanut in a myriad of ways.  I hope she gets the message that Christmas isn't just about getting things for yourself, but also giving to those who need it most and giving some joy to those you love.  Getting something from Heifer on Christmas Eve gives us a chance to have that conversation again, though, and I like that.  Especially if it is followed by watching A Christmas Carol.

Then tonight, I'll put the pan of cinnamon rolls together as the very last thing, and head up to bed.  Tomorrow morning, they get popped in the oven as I make my coffee and we'll have the heavenly smell of baking pastries wafting through the house as we open presents.

Love it.

My favorite thing about Christmas morning is sitting with The Peanut and playing with her new presents. Our little family always has such a fun time together, and Christmas just makes it a little more magical.

This year, there is the added bonus of a new Dr. Who episode in the evening.  Thank you, BBC America!

We have a LOT to be thankful for this Christmas.

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