It’s kind of crazy that 2014 will come to an end tonight, but I have to say that I’m honestly ready for a fresh start. I have such high hopes for 2015 and can’t wait to get started on my 2015 bucket list. (Yes, I make such a thing every year. Not quite a list of New Year’s resolutions, but more of a checklist of things I want to accomplish.) But before I jump into all those wonderful must-do’s in the new year, I’d be crazy not to reflect on all the wonderful things that happened this Christmas season.
First of all, Dylan is now 2 1/2 years old, so Christmas was VERY magical in our house this year. He pretty much gets it. He knows that Santa brings presents, practically knows all the words to the movie “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, he can spot Christmas lights a mile away, he loves hanging (and taking off, and re-hanging) Christmas tree ornaments, he loves opening Christmas cards in the mail, and he even knows about Baby Jesus. (Unfortunately though, he thinks EVERY baby we see while out and about is actually THE Baby Jesus. We’re still working on that.) But long story short, he gets it. So I knew this would be a really fun holiday season, and it definitely was.
We opted to put up our old $25 Walmart Christmas tree that my husband bought me when we were dating in college. Totally nostalgic, right? I don’t care if it’s short and obviously artificial. It’s OUR tree.
I got Dylan a sweet Rudolph hat that he wore EVERYWHERE.
We watched LOTS of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
And we attended The Family Network‘s Annual Christmas Party, where Santa made an appearance! He passed out gifts to the kids, but Dylan didn’t want anything to do with him beyond getting his gift. I think Dylan’s still a little freaked out by him.
Dylan also had his Christmas program at his preschool, Christ the King. It was a DISASTER. I felt SO horrible for him. He was the only kid on stage who was wearing his coat and a hat (the reindeer hat!), and he obviously did NOT want to be in front of everyone singing and dancing. THE ENTIRE TIME, he stood in one place crying with his head down. At one point, he stuck his finger in his nose for awhile, and then randomly started pointing to the ceiling of the sanctuary yelling, “It’s SO HIGH!” over his classmates singing. Yep, that’s my kid.
Here he is, looking terrified among all his adorable, smiling classmates. Poor little dude. 🙁
We had our first fire in our fireplace of the season, and Dylan “helped” Daddy make it. (He crumpled the newspaper.) We have a wood-burning unit, so the first fire of the year is always really special.
We did a lot of shopping at Target and had to look at the Christmas light display EVERY. TIME.
We made Christmas cookies and candies for THREE DAYS straight. I make different kinds every year, for no good reason other than I love trying new recipes. 🙂 Here’s what I made this year:
- Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies (with sprinkles and a mix of white/chocolate chips)
- Easy Peppermint Fudge (The Pioneer Woman)
- Cinnamon Sugared Pecans (Cooking Classy) *These were my FAVORITE!*
- Reese’s Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies (Sally’s Baking Addiction)
- Pretzel Hugs (Sally’s Baking Addiction)
Ask me WHY I don’t have a picture of all these goodies after I made them! Grrr. I should have taken some. Trust me that they turned out fabulous.
However, we also did some traditional sugar cookies that were a total FAIL. (Waaah-waaah… sad trombone.)
I think the dough just got too soft when we were cutting out shapes and they all migrated toward each other and made a huge cookie blob.
We cut them apart and decorated them anyway!
When we were all done, we packed all the cookies and candy into containers and delivered them to six wonderful families that live on our street. Dylan and I had SO MUCH FUN delivering to our neighbors! Each of them stopped to chat with us and everyone loved getting a special delivery from Little Man. More than anything, I loved showing him the importance of community, giving back to others, and how incredible simple acts of kindness can be. 🙂
We also visited Woodland Lights in Washington Township and had SO much fun. The pictures are crappy, but it was dark and drizzly, so forgive me. 🙂 I’ll be doing a separate post about this place because there was so much to see and do! We really enjoyed it.
Finally, it was Christmas Eve. We spent the day at my Mom’s house with family, and fun was had by all.
Later that night when we got home, we put out the obligatory cookies, milk and carrots (and a sugar snap pea, which Dylan thought was a green banana) for Santa and his reindeer…
One of Dylan’s big gifts was a kid-sized table and chair set from IKEA (Sundvik), and he absolutely loved it.
And later that day, Matt’s parents came to visit and have Christmas dinner with us. And Grandpa read Dylan’s new favorite book to him, Everyone Poops. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day. 🙂
So that, my friends, was our holiday season in one blog post. It was so much fun and I’m sad it’s over, but I’m really excited for all that 2015 will bring.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season as well! 🙂