Brrr! It's been frigid over here in Colorado, loveys! Not that I'm sad about it. But I am cold. We had beautiful snow on Christmas Eve and you can't ask for better than that. We had snow tonight too. While, to me, snow makes things even more Christmassy, it also makes things freezing and is nice to watch from inside a warm house.
You might be wondering if the Grinch--I mean the flu--stayed for Christmas, and yes, he did. People are on the mend but no one's well in my family. Coughs keep coming from me and my sisters and Jeff and Ash and even my mom now. Only my dad was untouched by sickness, and now he's off to Texas (or as he calls it, the Gloryland. :)
Despite all the runny noses and coughs, we had a nice Christmas with tons of good food and fun presents.
So we've all been taking medicine around the clock for what feels like a week! Anyway, back to Christmas. Jeff was really, really sick on Christmas Day. I think that was his worst day. Christmas Eve was the worst for Ashtyn, and I started feeling blah the day after Christmas. But I'm thankful I was still feeling okay on Christmas. With all the cooking and cleaning I was doing, the flu was the last thing I needed. Thankfully I had a house full of sisters and a mother to help with everything. I needed all the help I could get. We had a fantastic ham and dressing and green-bean casserole and mashed potatoes and rolls and brussel sprouts and yams and pistachio salad--enough to feed an army. I did a red and green table this Christmas and was so happy with how it turned out. See above! Also, I made a Reeses peanut-butter cup cheesecake. Ashtyn loved her presents and had so much fun announcing to everyone who came into our house that Santa ate all his cookies. :) Very thrilling. :)
I'm telling you, sick or not, Christmas was fun. I love being with my family. We turned on Christmas music and exchanged gifts (Lincoln slept through a lot of that). And then we all went to see the Hobbit! (Well, Jeff was too sick and he stayed home with the kids.) The movie theater was packed. I sat sandwiched between my dad and Sara and I kept thinking about how happy I was and how much I love holidays with my family (and how guilty I felt for leaving Jeff with the kids. But he insisted! He's just great like that.). The movie was wonderful. (For all my North and South sisters, Mr. Thornton is the cutest dwarf ever.)
Today I really started to feel the reality that Christmas is over and won't be back for a year. That's always sad. It's a busy, crazy time of year and I know I can't keep up the Christmas schedule forever, but it's so nice while it's here that it's sad to see it go. And it's not pleasant to think of all the work ahead of putting away the Christmas stuff. But that's just how it goes. And honestly, we need Christmas. The true meaning of Christmas is good for the soul.
How was your Christmas?