is there such a thing as too much Christmas?

Holy moly. What a Christmas.

Wednesday: Christmas Eve dinner at my sister’s house. She made us all turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing… all of it, so good. Maggie got a few presents (my mom just couldn’t resist!) and then we headed home to wait for Santa.

Christmas Eve

Thursday, Christmas morning: Up at 7, breakfast, and then gifts! It didn’t take long for Maggie to catch onto the whole ‘unwrap the package and there’s a gift inside‘ concept. And she was surprisingly patient about waiting for Dan to put together and/or open some of the toys. Then it was hurry and shower, pack up the car, and head to my parents’ house by 10 (okay so we were like 15 minutes behind schedule- not bad, I don’t think!)

More presents and lunch at my parents’ house. Then, a Christmas miracle when Maggie napped without a fuss in her pack-and-play. For two hours! During her nap, we played Scattergories (JUNIOR!) and yes it might have been hard for us because we are old and our brains don’t work like they used to. But we had fun.

Before Maggie’s nap, we all settled down for Elmo. Because Christmas isn’t complete without some Elmo.

Christmas Day - my parents' house

Out the door again by 3:30, driving 40 minutes to Dan’s grandma’s house. A bigger crowd, but Maggie wasn’t deterred. She pretty much had every single person there wrapped around her little chubby fingers by the time we left. She even helped pass out gifts to everyone. I kept asking myself, is this REALLY my kid?? She was a doll and so well-behaved.

Christmas Day - Dan's grandma's house

We got home around 9:30 and were all passed out by 10:30. Exhausted doesn’t even begin to explain it. But it was a great, great day.

Today we had a smaller Christmas celebration with Dan’s parents and sister (home from her Army base in Georgia for the week!) I made beef barley soup and we opened gifts and while the three of them entertained Maggie, Dan and I laid on the couch and may have dozed for a bit. Maybe.

So, this pretty much sums up the last few days:

Day after Christmas - our house


Tomorrow is a Christmas round-robin thing with my dad’s family- 20-30 people in my house and yeah I have no idea how that’s going to work, but it will be fun. Then Sunday, we’re planning another visit with Dan’s parents and sister before she heads back to Georgia the next day.

Monday, I plan on zoning out on the couch for a few hours. Hopefully Maggie will comply with my plans.


  1. Jenn W

    December 26, 2008 11:52 pm

    I know EXACTLY what you mean! We drove 8 hrs. to Estes Park, CO for one night, then to Greeley, CO for 2 nights (with 2 present openings in there). Then we drove back to KS where tomorrow we’ll have a celebration with almost 50 people for my Dad’s side (with presents, of course), then Sunday it’s a smaller celebration with my Mom’s side. Then, get this, a trip to Iowa for yet ANOTHER celebration with my immediate family at my parents’!!!!! HOLY CANOLY! My daughter is already like “I don’t want Christmas to end”. Good grief.

    Jenn Ws last blog post: Rocky Mountain High

  2. Caity

    December 27, 2008 11:39 am

    Yeah, Christmas is like a week long thing in more recent years. Have to see everyone and keep reliving the day. Looks like you’re enjoying yourself so far, though!

    Caitys last blog post: Christmas!

  3. Priscilla

    December 27, 2008 11:53 am

    we had way too much here and we had less than you guys so I don’t know how you survived!

  4. Laura

    December 27, 2008 11:34 pm

    On Monday, I have to go to work and be productive and deal with a week’s worth of missed work! YAY FOR THAT! I hope you get your downtime. ;)

  5. ella

    December 29, 2008 8:15 am

    this has most definately been the neverending chrismas. for me it was all of the extended family gatherings that did me in. in the past it’s just been one big gathering and the meal that comes with it. but with split famlies and unmatched travel schedules i’ve had no less than FOUR huge christmas meals. now MY jeans have shrunk.

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