Christmas every year is quite the production in the Holt house. We are finding a balance between fulfilling family obligations and just enjoying ourselves and finding a way to make holidays suit us. This is HUGE, it has taken almost a decade. Anyways, we did the immediate family Christmas with my parents on Dec. 21st with a low key dinner, gifts and football game (aka us ladies caught up on all the family gossip).
We followed this with our personal Christmas on the 22nd, where we are all kind of junk food, watched movies just the row of us and exchanged our gifts. We have learned not to do this with our families. I got Eric the new iPad. We are now proudly a 2 iPad home. He got me a new bike helmet (2015 goal is to start cycling), Kate Spade glitter Keds and an outing to the Nutcracker Ballet, which I might add is one of my most favorite gifts EVER! I am starting to like experience gifts more than thing gifts.
On the 23rd we left for TN, me Eric and Jodee ( my 23 year old sister) ….in the Prius…tight for luggage space to say the least. Poor Eric endured 15 hours of driving, many Starbucks trips and scouting ” clean potties” as well as being fully versed on all that is Taylor Swift. Bless his heart, he is a saint!!! We spent a few days in the smokey mountains with my mom’s extended family. This made me super baby happy. All my cousins have little mini ones running around. It was great to see my grandparents and spend time with family. We see them about every 2-3 years….so next time hoping to have a mini of our own. And yes, I did not plan and wore the same shirt on both Christmases 😦 .
All that to say, we have 1 more Christmas to go with my husband’s parents….then NYE!!! I have already started putting thought into my goals (I prefer goals v. resolutions…seems it is a healthier equation for success in achieving them). I love fresh beginnings and am really looking forward to an eventful 2015!
I think Charles Dickens said it best, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” This could not be more in line with what I am feeling at this time of year. The stress of the financial toll of Christmas has set in. While every year I budget for it and plan for it, there are always unexpected costs and this year is no different. It is interesting to because each year is a little different. This year is the first year we have evEr argued about the fairness between families and how we will allocate time. Our family situations are TOTALLY and completely different so it becomes a game of comparing apples and oranges.
Now I am finished ranting and on to the fun part, I love that this is a “cheerful” holiday season. Everyone I meet out in stores is happy and wearing red glitter. This makes me more then excited. Also, gift exchanges…LOVE them! But most of all I love that this time of year is super social. Work parties, Christmas parties and outings…I can’t get enough. Last night, I went to the main strip in Grapevine. For those of you from DFW you understand. It is a small space with remodeled historic buildings, which are decked from top to bottom in Christmas gear. The shops are adorable, the food is great and there are lighted parks and Christmas musicians playing everywhere.
We we had a mom and sister night, while the boys went to the Mavs game. I think our night wins hands down. Also, I am all about my holiday sweater this year. I bought it Black Friday shopping at J Crew for $35. No jewelry required with this neckline.
Still prepping for Christmas in this house. I think I have about 80% of the shopping done, which is a good thing as I will be traveling for work next week. This weekend was a day of fun/ a day of planning. Saturday was “date night” special addition. For Christmas, Mr. Holt gave me tickets to the Nutcracker Ballet… Can we say EXCITED ( under statement of the year!). We dressed up and hit the town, then ended the night college style with Wataburger in our formals 🙂 ! We are classy like that. On the way we also caught roof top fireworks…EPIC date night here people.
Sunday I headed off to my mom’s where the Christmas wrapping commenced in full force. 4 hours and 2 coffees later we still had not finished, but I sure had. This girl has stuff to do.
When I got home there was enough down time that evening for a quick chalking and craft, while watching the Christmas episode of the Big Band Theory. I made a simple Christmas paper garland for my chalkboard ( it seemed naked). The paper was 40% off at Michaels and cost me about $6, I had the other supplies handy. For details, I blogged about it here at http://www.houseofholts.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/DIY-paper-garland/ .