We haven't had a Christmas where my parents and all of my sisters and brothers-in-law have been under one roof in a very long time, so this year was really special. Our home was a loud, mad house most days, but it's my favorite way to spend the holidays—it's how Christmases were for us growing up and how I hope Margot and her sister will spend theirs. My sisters cooked and baked all day, while the rest of us stayed out of their way and relaxed until it was ready to feast. My parents took Margot to church and when they got back, we sat around Margot by the tree and watched as she opened her gifts from her Titas and Uncles...she then went on to help each of us open our White Elephant gifts from each other. It was such a fun night spent with my favorite people.
After sleeping in the next day, we woke up to a sunny and bright Christmas morning. Margot walked down the stairs to find everyone waiting for a hug from her in the kitchen and a scooter and puzzle under the tree from Matt and I. She opened the rest of her gifts from my extended family and spent some time speaking with her Gigi, Pops and Aunt Megan in California while opening gifts from them. The rest of the morning was spent being lazy and watching Margot play with her gifts. Later that afternoon, a couple of us went to the nearby park, where we walked our makeshift sled—a flattened cardboard box—through inches and inches of newly fallen snow and took Margot tobogganing for the first time. Our sled worked surprisingly well and we each took turns going down the hill with Margot...I've added a video at the end of my turn with her for a quick laugh ;) Each slide down the hill was like her first—she loved it, to say the least.
The house is now quieting down as our visitors are slowly leaving one by one. It's always sad for me when everyone leaves, but knowing that we'll have a full house filled with family again soon to welcome our newest addition makes things a little easier. Hope everyone had a beautiful Christmas!