Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday, Already

A post that I like to affectionately call "Weekend Update". Remember how didn't have a tree up last I posted. Guess what? We still don't.

Christmas Lights

We weighed our options. Put it up, open presents as a family this weekend (more on that later, don't judge!), spend Christmas with family...we all concluded, even Jack, and Kamden. No tree required.


Our house has been taken over by cheery snowmen but not Christmas tree needles. It's a win win if you ask me.

Now back to opening presents, just the four of us, this weekend. As in tomorrow. December 18th. Gah. That's early.

You see, we have a tradition that we began several years ago.

Princess Rachel

(Gratuitious adorable princess shot - this is my Goddaughter, Rachel, showing off her princess dress from yours truly. The dress, the curls, the cute, it's too much)

We spend Christmas with both of our extended families. The cousins, the siblings, the fun. We really wouldn't have it any other way. But being greedy and all, we like to also have Christmas, with just the four of us. A day of playing. Together. Unlike any other day the rest of the year because there is no work, no homework, no cooking, no cleaning, no everyday run of the mill take up our time kind of things. Just time together.

This year, the kids are in school until Dec 22. My dad's birthday is on Dec 23. Then it's Christmas Eve. So, given that Sunday is Jack's piano recital, Saturday it is. Early, most definitely but also entirely necessary for this family that likes to spend time together. It isn't at all about the presents even though the kids will tell you it. It is about playing with the new toys or games together. If pressed they will agree. They are still kids living in this capitalist word after all.

Jack, excited

See the excitement on Jack's face? I am looking equally forward to it. Who knows, maybe there will be a singing snowman in it for me?

Dancing Kamden

And lastly, because it was adorable, here is Kamden doing his Rocking Around the Christmas Tree dance at last night's school concert. They stole the show as they were the only ones who danced. Head banging 6 year olds are freaking adorable.

Over and out.


Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy said...

sounds like a good plan to me. I hate trying to squeeze everything into one day. As long as the boys agree that works for then then I say... go for it!

Cheryl said...

I am not a huge fan of having a tree if you are not at home for xmas ...just like you have done there are other ways to make the house look like xmas!

kids concerts are the best...
rachel is adorable. Great pics!

Midwest Mommy said...

I completely understand why you would want a day for the four of you. Great memories!

Jen Wilson said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE that first photo. And, of course, the ones of your children. :)

Growing up, we always opened presents early for the same reasons. We'd travel from Terrace to Telkwa (about 2.5 hours, same as from Regina to Saskatoon) and spend Christmas there.

Have fun!!

Anonymous said...

I say don't have a tree if you don't want one ... and if you're not home for Christmas, then it's a pretty good reason not to bother! I LOVE my tree though and would probably still put it up ... but then I keep mine up until February anyway, hahaha!! I'm a bit CRAZY that way!

Elaine A. said...

I hope you and your sweet family had a great time together, opening your pressies and celebrating Christmas!

And a tree is not a must but "treats" are, I hope you had some of those.


R Royal Family said...

love that pic of rachel and kamden doing his dance is super cute too!