So here goes:
In my craziness, I invited everybody! My one friend didn't end up coming but I did have a house of 12 people.
Let's focus on all the good things, shall we?
- Jesus is still the best Gift ever!
- It was a beautifully overcast and rainy day
- There was more than enough food (I had a little panic like was there going to be enough food?) and plenty left over.
- The SIL and BIL only bought one present per child (this I've been trying to get right for the last 7 years!!!).
- The BIL ate food (super fussy) and plenty of it! Actually, I also think he's stopped smoking so that might be it.
- The BIL complimented my house.
We told everyone we're not buying gifts so they listened... but I ended up looking through the rapidly diminishing gift shelf and so the grannies got gifts from there, and I made some keyrings with beautiful glass beads for them too. The grannies felt awkward about that so maybe I should specify no BOUGHT gifts next time because D and I love food gifts :)
Because of the aforementioned amazing weather (that apparently only D and I enjoy!), there was no swimming and people left around 5.... which meant we went to church again at 6, and that was really nice.
I do have one question: why is it that a house full of people for my birthday (usually even more!) doesn't stress me out one little bit but a house full of people for Christmas does?
Christmas is now all packed away and my house was thoroughly cleaned that day, two days later and again when Nanny S came back to work.
My To Marcia, From Marcia gift this year was a devotional colouring book - super little to colour daily with a scripture reference and about a minute of reading. Really low-key and hopefully a habit I can keep up, as long as Nanny S doesn't pack it away like she does everything else.
How was your Christmas? What did you get up to? Do you exchange gifts? Do you go wild? Do you buy a gift for yourself?