On Christmas Eve, I was checking out at Whole Foods and asked the cashier how she was doing. She said, â€œThe real question is how am I feeling?â€ In an instant, I thought: â€˜Ah, crap. Itâ€™s Christmas Eve, itâ€™s 7 PM, and sheâ€™s working. Of course, she feels like hell and just wants to go home.â€™ I prepared myself for an onslaught of very understandable bitchinâ€™, but then she said: â€œIâ€™m feeling incredibly grateful and happy. How are you feeling?â€
I smiled really wide and said, â€œWell, I guess Iâ€™m feeling incredibly grateful, too.â€
I took the last two days totally off. I put up an e-mail away message, refused to do any extra cleaning or tidying, didnâ€™t run any unnecessary errands, and just focused on my family. It was wonderful.
Henry gave me an amazing Christmas present â€“ he slept through the night. Normally, only one adult gets up with Henry, but we both got up and played with him until his first nap. Then, we made breakfast â€“ Udiâ€™s cinnamon rolls!
We had a â€˜nuclear familyâ€™ Christmas morning. Henryâ€™s gift was the Sit To Stand Learning Walker from V-Tech. He is obsessed with it. It seems like the most hyperactive toy ever though â€“ it lights up and makes noises without reason. Thus, why he is obsessed with it.
Every year, we are also going to give Henry â€˜experienceâ€™ presents. This year, he got his first bubble bath and got to watch his first television program (Dora the Explorer). Both experiences blew his little mind. TV was especially brain-rocking. Itâ€™s not something weâ€™re going to make a habit, of course. But I can see why parents plop kids in from of the tube when they need a momentâ€¦
I gave the Husband a ton of clothes (per request) and I got some running gear, a new wallet, and a very sparkly bracelet.
Before we knew it, it was time for Henryâ€™s second nap. We all crawled back into our respective beds and took a long snooze.
Our extended families came over for a late Christmas lunch.
I made faux turkey with gravy, roasted potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, a Coconut Quinoa, steamed greens, and honey bourbon carrots. My mother-in-law provided Sophieâ€™s Apple Crumble, which she veganized and made gluten-free.
Our guests left relatively early. I managed to take my own bubble bath (sans squeaky toys) and be in bed by 9:15. BLISS! All in all â€“ it was a very lovely Christmas. It was our first Christmas with Henry and the first Christmas in our new home.
I think â€˜gratefulâ€™ sums it up quite well.