‘Tis the night before Christmas, and all through the house, there’s things a-stirring, but thankfully no mouse. In less than 45 minutes than midnight, which means that in about seven, maybe eight hours from now, Dan and I will be bounding out of bed to enjoy the explosion of Christmas all over our living room.
I swear, every Christmas season gets a little busier. Last Thursday evening Dan and I took the kids to Boy Scouts, where they (yes, they – because it’s a special-needs troop and such a small troop, Alyssa is an unofficial member) participated in a Secret Santa gift exchange. On Friday and Saturday Dan and I dragged the kids to kingdom come and back again in order to finish up our Christmas shopping, and to help Amanda with finishing up the cleaning out of her old house. Yesterday we went to a housewarming/Christmas party at Dan’s youngest brother’s & his wife’s house, where we enjoyed family, food, gift exchanging; and later, after everyone but Dan and I and Jason had left, a hilarious game of Cards Against Humanity. Then, today, after a neighbor stopped by with some treats, Dan’s youngest brother & his wife and Jason came over to have Christmas Eve dinner with us.
And now, ’tis the night before Christmas, and the kids are worn out after a fun, exciting day (this is the second year we employed our tradition of letting the kids open their stockings on Christmas Eve, so they had new toys to play with and chocolate to nom on) and sleeping soundly. The house is clean, the gifts are ready, my tripod, digital video camera, and DSLR camera are set up and ready for the morning, and cookies and carrots await Santa and his reindeer.