For the first time ever I actually felt relieved to have it all behind me, rather than my typical sappy self - blubbering like a baby that it was all over. Until family left, that is, which meant it was officially all over, which is when I finally felt those first twinges of sadness. So I've decided to just go on strike and not put Christmas decorations away until maybe March or April. :)
We did, however, manage to do a few fun things. Here are some pics!
That Little People manger scene - still one of the favorite Christmas things around here. Only this year there was a lot more sisterly fighting, I mean negotiating, involved. :)
A couple years ago I got Lyla her own little tree for her room, so this year I had to do the same for Everly. Lyla rejected any decoration that was not pink - her newly decided favorite color. Sis was more accommodating and adopted the others. :)
My mom sent me a little clay tree I'd made when I was little, and Lyla was obsessed with it this year. She kept asking for clay to make one, so I got some clay and we replicated my little tree. I also tried making one of those paper chains with her to count down the days until Christmas, which she flat out refused to partake in. I made the chain by myself, and then it promptly got ripped to shreds by the girls. The chocolate filled advent calendar went over a little better.
I realized this year that we accidentally adopted a Chapman tradition of adding an ornament each year for the most monumental event of the year. There's a framed picture from Lyla's first Christmas, a framed picture of Kevin as a puppy and a framed picture of Evie's first Christmas. This was the first year in a while we haven't added to our family, so this year the monumental event was our new house. We got this ornament to commemorate it. :)
For the first time we checked out the "Holiday Lights in the Park", which we nicknamed "The Christmas Light Adventure". I don't know if it counts as a nickname since it's actually longer, but it really did feel like an adventure. We packed up the girls and stopped at Qdoba for mom and dad, and McDonald's for the girls. I sat in the middle row while Dad drove and fed the girls their food and we kept our eyes peeled for Christmas lights. We finally got to our destination, which is really only a 10 minute drive through some mediocre lights, but all the cars turn off their lights and crawl along, about 2 miles an hour. The girls got to get out of their car seats and thought it was the coolest thing ever to wander the car and even sit up front while driving. Lyla had to pee approximately 2 feet into the lights show, so we had to pull over and provide a show of our own. Ahh, memories. After we got back in the car I don't think Lyla stopped singing her version of Christmas carols, or had her head inside the car for the rest of the light show. It was a complete blast, and I'm pretty sure those girls will remember that night for a long time.