Where has the time gone? I can't believe we're just a few short days away from another Christmas. Every year that passes, they seem to sneak up on me quicker and come around sooner. Remember when you were little and it used to seem like FOR.EV.ER between each Christmas!? The anticipation was amazing. Now, I look forward to Christmas for very different reasons. My parents were sure to emphasize why we celebrate Christmas, and I was always a huge fan of Baby Jesus, but let's be real... at 7, it was Christmas morning that I looked forward to the most. Now, my favorite part about Christmas is reflecting on the miracle of Jesus' birth, attending Christmas Eve Mass (I just love Christmas music, especially religious Christmas music), and spending time with my loved ones.
We're on the rotating holiday schedule for now (HI PARENTS, YOU'RE MORE THAN WELCOME TO COME SPEND A HOLIDAY WITH US) :) so this year it's Christmas with my family. We do Christmas Eve celebrations at mom's house, so we'll all gather early for church and then come home for a feast and presents. We have two nephews - James (almost 4) and Brody (9 months), so Christmas has taken on new meaning! It's always fun to see it through children's eyes. On Christmas Day, Matt and I are heading a few hours south to visit his grandma for the day. She's precious, and I'm looking forward to spending the day with her! We almost never see her, so this will be a nice treat for both of us.
Since we don't wake up in our own home for Christmas, we're doing "our Christmas" tonight. We did Mexican last year, and I think it might be a recurring theme, as we're having fajitas, black beans and homemade guac tonight. I love our little Christmas together. I will torture Matt with Christmas music (and me singing along... now that's torture, especially after being sick), we'll eat and drink (and be merry, of course), and open gifts... then clean up and pack (good times).
I'm going to try to take a computer break, so I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. Don't forget the reason for the season! Luke 2:14
On a side note to my above comment, I think my family is going to come up to have Thanksgiving in Atlanta next year, and I'm so excited! Hopefully by then, we'll have our kitchen remodeled and a new dining room set to accommodate more people. It makes me really excited to think about hosting Thanksgiving, because I'm a dork! :)