Right after I hit 'publish' on the last post, my in-laws and Matt and his dad arrived, starting up another round of pleasurable gift-opening chaos. I sometimes wonder if my kids are irredeemably spoiled, but it's hard to argue when it is so clear that the gifts that they receive are solidly rooted in love.
I'd been concerned about dinner, because it's been so long since I prepared a full holiday meal by myself. Those critical 20 minutes before dinner goes onto the table when half a dozen things need doing at once especially worried me--there's only so much that can be done in advance. Bless my mother-in-law...she stepped up to fill the kitchen void left by the absence of my mother and even washed most of the dishes afterward! Dinner wasn't perfect, but that's okay...the nice thing about family is that perfection isn't required.
Seems like an amazing amount of time, effort and preparation went into making Christmas happen...so much buildup to just one day and it went so fast. But it was a good and happy day filled with family time and that's the way it should be. And the rest of the holiday break is low-pressure (New Year's isn't a big deal around here), so we can actually relax and enjoy it!