This year we started establishing our own traditions and I made sure to inform V's mom, I love her but she would certainly eat up every free second we have if I don't set some boundaries. Christmas Eve we got up early as usual and ate, I had lit a tree scented candle and put on some Christmas music while setting all of our gifts in the center of the living room for Liam to rip into. He had such a blast pulling bows and ribbon off, he even pulled the wrapping paper off (something he's never had much interest in it before). Because V's family is so large we didn't over indulge Liam, we bought him a few outfits, some jammies (tradition starting), a little toddler chair and a magna-doddle all of which were a huge hit with him so mission accomplished. V and I did gifts and played with the little guy until nap time.
While Liam napped I made some green beans as my contribution to Christmas dinner at V's paternal grandparents house later in the day. (They turned out just a little spicey but everyone seemed to enjoy them as there were no leftovers, also no one noticed I used turkey bacon!) Dinner was fun, then we all went to our respective church services which was a challenge with no childcare, Liam only sat through half of the
Christmas morning V got up with Liam and let me rest since I hardly slept the night before, after a short nap we all scurried around and got ready (while making a egg side for brunch) to head out to V's parents for the day. Brunch was fun and tasty then we opened gifts. It was nice to have both V's paternal grandparents and maternal grandma there with us again. Although I have to admit I was getting nervous as we were passed Liam's nap time again, it was a recipe for disaster, but he did ok through gifts and loved opening anything anyone would let him. He's such a little ham when surrounded by family, it's obvious that he is so love which just warms my heart to watch! He was spoiled with more toys by each and every person (almost). Thankfully after that he took a nap and so did I!
The rest of the day we lounged around, more family streamed in and out, lots of snacks were had and white elephant gifts exchanged. V and I went home earlier than planned so Liam could have a relaxing bath before bed and all of us could get much needed rest. Even V turned in early.
All in all it was super busy but very fun. Next year I really want to focus more on building our traditions and making it less about stuff and running around and more about the true meaning that it should be. I'm hoping since we'll be in our new home that some of the celebration can be had there.
I hope each of you had a fantastic Christmas!