Ah, it’s almost here. My favorite week of the entire year is just days away, and I am really looking forward to it once again.
Since our first child was born nearly five years ago, my wife and I have observed our own family tradition of sorts by taking off the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Actually, it’s me who “takes off” since she is a teacher and always has Christmas Winter Break to count on.
What makes this week so special for our family? To start with, Christmas morning is just awesome when you have little kids and are able to share their joy when they wake up with the immediate intensity of a gazelle on crack. This year should be the best yet since they both totally “get it” now at ages almost-five and two-and-a-half years old. Santa is totally real, and the little gifts are still the best.
Christmas Day will center on our family doing whatever the heck we want all day, as our extended family stops by throughout the day to visit. There will be a large brunch, lots of snacks, some holiday spirits and probably pizza for dinner. It’s like the ultimate lounging-around day, plus gifts and the love of a family who truly appreciates the spirit of the season.
The remainder of the week should be similar. Family dinners, family visits and LOTS of family playtime. There will certainly be Nintendo Wii tournaments, tickle fights, lots of time playing Princesses and Thomas the Train, numerous movies watched, consecutive pajama days, and a crazy amount of snuggling on the couch. There will be no work, no stress, no deadlines and no schedules to maintain.
As the week winds down and our minds are clear and youthful, we can turn our focus to celebrating New Year’s Eve (also as a family) and setting goals for the promising New Year. I hope you will be joining me in making 2010 your best year yet by participating in the “Improve Yourself! 2010” challenge!
What is your favorite time of the year? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
From my family to yours, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year! Please remember the reason for this joyous season and keep Christ in your Christmas celebrations.Photo by alancleaver_2000