Christmas with Tim Hawkins │ CT Photographer

I love Christmas.  I love all that it represents, I love the smells, the colorful decorations, the Christmas music, the anticipation and joy on my children’s faces and mostly, knowing that a new year is about to begin and in a just a few months, we will be rid of all traces of snow (pretty, but I could live without it for a year or two.)   What I don’t love is the traffic, the overspending, the obligations, and the exhaustion that inevitably sucks the life right out of me.  So this year I decided I was through with all the hoopla associated with Christmas.  I planned on getting my shopping done early, going totally low key and then I had a revelation of sorts.  I made the announcement that on Christmas day, we were starting a new tradition.  We would visit with our family on Christmas Eve, but on Christmas day, we would be staying home in our pajamas, eating baked macaroni & cheese and watching Christmas movies.  And let me tell you, it was the best decision I ever made.

Christmas Eve day, we baked and cooked from morning until evening.  Family came, we ate, we laughed, opened presents and out the door they went.  Do I sound happy?  Well I was.  They don’t take offense to it.  They are low key and not overly sentimental, just like me.  They know that for the last 15+ years, the responsibility of getting everyone together and making it a merry Christmas has fallen on my shoulders, and I am just tired of doing all the work.

Christmas morning came and we were so tired from the previous day, that we even skipped church, but I can tell you, it was the most glorious Christmas ever!  We were in our pj’s all day, watching Tim Hawkin’s DVD’s, laughing until we cried ( and thank you Tim.  You are a gift that just keeps on giving.)   We ate nothing but junk and the most work I did all day was lift my hand to my mouth.  You can call that a gift to myself.

Hope you all had a wonderful *your* kind of Christmas!

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  • Dianne - December 26, 2009 - 11:51 PM

    I’m so happy for you to have such a wonderful Christmas!! What a joy! Ours was lovely. Very traditional for us, but spent with family on both sides. The wonderful thing is that we all get along well. None of the nonsense of problem family members, etc. We didn’t go insane with the gifts, but still purchased and received some nice, thoughtful items. 😀ReplyCancel

  • Dianne - December 26, 2009 - 11:51 PM

    Oh, and we absolutely, positively LOVE Tim Hawkins!! He’s hilarious!!! He’ll be at our church in May and we can’t wait to get to see him.ReplyCancel

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