Posts Tagged ‘Santa’

I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone. It just seems to go by quicker every year. I know the kids don’t feel it, but we grown ups sure do. I remember being a teenager, wanting Christmas to come, but feeling rather sad and depressed once it was over and knowing that cold,  January was right around the corner.

Well, Christmas eve was going pretty good, until about 8 p.m. when hubby and Oldest ran out the door to do some last minute shopping. He is always that wait till the last minute kind of guy. Little L got really cranky and was throwing a fit while I was trying to get her teeth brushed and ready for bed. She was extremely tired from being sick and you know it always gets worse at night. We argued and fussed at each other til the other two came home. Then she went to bed. I had to get the presents under the tree and the stockings put together. Which would not have taken long, if L didn’t wake up every 5 to 10 minutes coughing. Everytime I thought she was finally asleep, she woke up crying and coughing. This went on for about 2 hours. Finally around 11:30 she got really quiet and hubby and I got the presents under the tree. I stayed up well past my bedtime, we watched some t.v. and I downloaded this app on my phone that took a picture of your room and then placed Santa putting out presents. I played with that awhile and enjoyed the quiet. L slept pretty peacefully through the rest of the night and was ready to go Christmas morning.

It took a little over an hour for all the presents to be unwrapped. All that hard work, just in a big shredded pile on the floor. But the kids had fun and we did too, watching them rip through the paper. L would bring daddy the present, he would read it, then she would take it to who it belonged to. After that, I made a Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole for brunch that hubby just raved about. The neighbors came over to bring the kids some candy and he even made them try it out. They liked it so much, she called me the next day to get the recipe.

I made him his big Christmas dinner with turkey breast, home made baked macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, corn on the cob, and hot rolls. He had seconds on that and was thoroughly stuffed. But he made room for the cheesecake that Oldest and he wanted, for dessert.

All in all it was a great Christmas. I was exhausted after 2 days of standing in the kitchen, but it was well worth it. Little L is on the mend from her cold. She isn’t coughing as much and I can tell she is in better spirits. Oldest still has a week left of her Christmas break, and I have to take the time before it is over and get this house back in order. It is always fun putting out the decorations, but taking them down and putting them away is a whole other story.

Happy Monday all! 🙂

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Picture with Santa

Posted: December 18, 2015 in blog, Christmas, December, kids, Uncategorized
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I was four years old the one and only time I got to sit on Santa’s lap. It is a really nice picture, and I still have it somewhere in my mom’s stuff. That was the year I asked the bearded man in red for a puppy that walked and barked. I got it too. I remember the little guy. It was a light brown color and had a smooshed face. I am not good with breeds, but it was cute. I really loved that toy.

Oldest has never gotten to sit on the fat guy’s lap to have her picture taken. Her dad, when she was little, thought it was “not a good idea” and “there are just too many weirdos out nowadays.” I let it go until she was older. I think when she was 6, she asked me if we could get her picture with Santa. We had seen a sign at the local Walmart saying he would be available for pictures every weekend through the month. We made a special trip there one Saturday and we had just missed him. There were no times posted on the sign so it was really frustrating and heartbreaking for her. She asked every year after that, up till last year, if she could do it. And every year, it always seemed to backfire on us. I was happy she didn’t ask last year.

While at Walmart the other day, picking up an order back in their photo department, I happened to notice a basket on the counter full of Santa pictures. Once again, we are in there all the time and they never posted the time or day the pictures would be taken. I was waiting on the guy to bring back my order, so I decided to take a peek at some of the pictures. They had the setting in the lawn and garden area, or the Christmas shop, as they call it this time of year. It was a big blow up Gingerbread house with a seat in the middle for Santa and the kids to sit. The seat was not fancy, just a red chair from the department. You could see everything around the prop that was on the shelves and any people that might have been passing through. Then I focused in on the Santa. You could tell the beard was so fake it was unbelievable and he had no hat on in everyone of them. So his head blended in with the background. It was really bad, I have to say. It’s a good thing that they don’t charge for those pictures and I bet that no one will be picking them up since they take pictures with their phones anyways.

So now instead of being sad that Oldest never got to get her picture with Santa, I should be happy. If they were anything like that guy, I think I would have went the other way. 😉