Thursday, December 26, 2013

Best Christmas Ever

Hyperbole notwithstanding, that was probably the best Christmas ever. 

I always find myself late on Christmas Eve looking at the pile of wrapped presents and thinking it isn't enough or questioning my choices for my family.  When will I learn that it isn't about the number of gifts or the amount of money spent? Maybe I'll remember it this time.

Pajamas fit every single body--and I made eleven pairs, so that's quite a miracle.

Kids slept in until 6:59 am--who ever heard of that?

One present is broken (Micah's helicopter) and one pair of pants don't fit (I mistakenly bought Ben skinny jeans, super skinny jeans)--and that's all.

I took no pictures because I was so caught up in the excitement of the moment, and Brad's video didn't work very well, but I know my memories aren't tied to who opened what.  What I will remember about Christmas 2013 is how I felt--the excitement surrounding every present.  Evie dubbing her new bag "my beautiful purse" and carrying it around all day. Ben's face when he saw his new monogrammed soda glass.  Lily's fashion show.  Hyrum concocting his own colors with a marker mixer.  Micah's fascination with Lord of the Rings legos. Brad cleaning the kitchen and family room after I was asleep Christmas Eve.  FaceTime to Rexburg.  And Tucker's and Karli's big announcement--another new baby coming to our family in July.

Our home was blanketed not with snow but with a sweet spirit of giving and receiving and loving.  For the first time in a long time, I felt the spirit of Christmas permeate our family for the entire day, and I won't forget it.

We did close out the day with a great family video of "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer."  Enjoy.


  1. Lol love the reindeer video! Glad you had a great Christmas.

  2. hahahaha, that's an awesome video. i love the way you said blanketed in the spirit of christmas. i must admit i didn't not feel like it was really christmas this year. too many financial stresses we've never had before, brennan had the actual influenza that started christmas eve night, was at its peak christmas day, and lingered into the days after. puking before christmas, colds after, and with thanksgiving coming so late i just don't ever feel like i could really get into it like i normally do. the weirdest thing is that i still have my christmas tree up. i just can't take it down. for some reason, i'm enjoying it more now that i did during december. there was just too much going on this year for me to relax and enjoy it, so i'm leaving it up until it dies, and maybe it will make january and the inversion a little less dreary:)