It's Christmas Eve today, my favorite day of the year. A day full of magic and excitement, clean rooms (Santa can't come if your room is messy, after all) and family.
The moment when the kids are finally asleep, the house is quiet save for some peaceful Christmas music and you can relax in the glow of the Christmas tree, take a deep breath and feel the magic wash over you head to toe.
Quiet anticipation and reflections on the birth of Jesus and the real meaning of the holiday.
Peace, after all the insanity that the lead up to this most special of holidays entails. No more shopping, no more frantic baking, no time left to do anything but what we should be doing - enjoying our loved ones, letting that love fill our hearts and minds, and thinking about the birth of our Savior and the love he has for all humans, regardless of how they spend this time of year.
I'll be spending this day with my family, doing super important things like drinking warm drinks in festive cups...
...teaching my boys the age old trick of curling up over a heat vent in a blanket (the best way to spend a morning in my opinion)...
... tracking Santa's progress at NORAD's website...
...and prepping the farolitos that will line my front yard and walk tonight.
(photo from 2008)
Oh, and we'll be trying to deal with my poor overloaded kids who are alternately bouncing off the walls in restless excitement and having meltdowns at the slightest provocation. I'm sure we're not the only ones going through that today!
So peace be with you, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.