Christmas was wonderful, even being away from home in Tampa. We did not bring our Christmas stuff from home, so we got a small fake tree to decorate. The kids were so excited. We got some basic ornaments, then we made paper ornaments, then Grandma made clay ornaments with the kids, and we thought our tree was full. One day a surprise box arrived from Steven's work Campbell Property Management with ornaments from his coworkers, each with a different message, and before we knew it, our tree was full just like at home. It was such a warm gesture and alot of fun to open the different ornaments, now we have them to add to our tree next year with wonderful memories. Thank you to all who sent them and thought of us in such a unique way! We made paper chains and hung lights and stockings and Christian said it was the best Christmas decorations ever! He is right, it was and it is because we did it together.
We did our usual traditions of new Christmas pj's for the kids from Santa on Christmas Eve before bed, this year he was very thoughtful and brought them for all of us too. We had a nice dinner and left out notes and cookies and milk for Santa. Christian left a great note and even a cookie for Santa to take to Mrs. Claus too, everyone always forgets her. He still whole heartily believes in Santa and I love it. Christmas morning we were up bright and early, all Santa's helpers were just asleep and Christian was wide awake. We tossed and turned till 5:45 and then it was on. Of course Santa was extra good to them and they enjoyed all their gifts. We had a nice relaxed day with way to much food and talked to our family on the web cam.
We missed many of our traditions we would have done that I thought were so important to the holiday, like parades, class parties and pageants, visiting the 100 ft tree, breakfast with Santa, Christmas photos and cards and many other things. I realized we don't need those things, we had the best Christmas we could have had, just being together and realizing the miracle that we have been given this year. And next year when I am feeling better and we can do all these things, I want to remember that we don't need any of them to be happy or have a great holiday and I can give myself a break and it will all still be OK. I think this year we discovered the real reason for the season.