Santa?! I Know Him! (Christmas Week Recap)

December 27, 2020


This past week, it was wonderful to wake up in the morning and not worry about starting work. I would really like for 2021 to hold more (consecutive) days off for me. I'm learning that sometimes, my clients can wait while I recharge my batteries. I'm not sure how well they waited (since I haven't checked my email yet), but I'm sure they survived my week-long hiatus.

The first part of the week, I did little spurts here and there of wrapping gifts or cooking. Then I did a little crocheting trying to finish up that last gift. However, the highlight of this time was having my feet up and starting to read the first story in A Patchwork Christmas Collection. I found this book in the basement of the parsonage my husband and I moved into when we started pastoring our church. I'm not sure which pastor's wife it belonged to, but I kept it as if it were some artifact. When my grandmother had to start cancer treatments, I lent it to her. She read all 3 stories in the book and gave it back to me. She liked it and the fact that it had recipes inside. After she died, we found little bits of paper in random places with recipes she'd scrawled on them that she found. I'm sure some of the recipes in this book are found in her "recipe collection." I decided that for the next 3 Christmases, I would read one of the stories out of the book. In that way, it was almost like I am reading it with her.


Christmas Eve we decided to clean up the house a little and spend the majority of the day hanging out at home watching Christmas movies. That night we went to my Dad's where I helped him prep a family favorite for Christmas morning; biscuits and chocolate gravy. Grandma's mother (lovingly called 'Big Mama') would make this every time we visited her in Tennessee and it just felt like the right thing to do to remember them both.

Christmas morning was a new experience for us because this was the first time D and I woke up in our own house on Christmas morning in the entirety of our marriage. We got up, prepped some coffee and settled in to swap just one of our presents and open our stockings. At this point we also realized that we knew each other so well, we got each other the same thing...massagers. We had a good laugh at that. We also video chatted with his parents because our initial plan was to be with them on Christmas Day. That plan got a little rearranged and we've made plans to just keep on celebrating Christmas until we see them sometime next month. 

We then went to my Dad's for Christmas brunch and had breakfast casserole, biscuits and both sawmill and chocolate gravy (separate not together, ha!). We hung out with them for a bit and then headed back to our own house to finish out the day. It really boiled down to a nap, D going out and driving around town looking for food, more christmas movies and opening more presents!

D only got to open one present, however, because he opens one present a day for 12 straight days between December 21st and January 1st. Since he had opened his present for that day earlier in the morning, the evening was spent opening all my presents from him. And, as always, he did a wonderful job! Besides the massager, I got lots of other incredible things (see below). One of the things that I'm really excited about is a game called "Dead of Winter" which I'd been eyeing for quite some time. He ordered it and it's due to be delivered sometime this week. I'm sure I'll want to bust it out pretty quickly after it arrives.


Besides his massager, so far his gifts have included a scratch map (to document places he's been in the world), k-cups of his favorite coffee, chocolate covered cashews, a 'mixed tape' (aka playlist of music I thought he'd appreciate) and a detective game (can you tell we are big gamers?). He's still got a whole 6 days of gifts left!

Since plans got so rearranged, we'll be having our main Christmas with the majority of my side of the family next weekend then the week after that we'll hopefully be able to celebrate with my husband's family. So, my plans of keeping Christmas going well into the New Year seem to be panning out just fine without much effort from me! While I'm still not looking forward to getting back into my regular routine, I'm more convinced than ever that 2021 will be the year I am more intentional about rest times.

So what about you? Are you all done Christmasing or will you be going well into January as well?

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6 comments

  1. Sounds wonderful and yay for Christmas movies and waking up in your own home on Christmas morning! LOL at getting each other the same gift - too funny!

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    1. Yes! It was so great and I needed it more than I knew. And it was hilarious...but I figured at some point it was bound to happen. Now we have an arsenal of massagers. lol!

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  2. Sounds like it was a great Christmas. That is crazy that this is the first Christmas that you woke up in your own house together.

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    1. It was! As much as we love being with family on Christmas Day, I think we've learned sometimes the quiet celebrations are just as lovely. One day when we have kids of our own, I want to make this more of a priority.

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  3. I joked to my boyfriend this year that I wanted to open one present a day to make Christmas last, but I didn't know people actually did that! Thanks for sharing your recap, I love reading them!

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    1. I started doing the "12 Days of Christmas" back when we were "just talking" long-distance and didn't realize it would be a tradition that would last. Here we are 6 years into marriage and we're still doing it. lol! It's actually pretty fun and he loves it. Highly suggest it! :)

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