This year, I was a little worried because our family traditions are changing. Only one of my sisters was able to be here for Christmas. We celebrated Christmas a week and a half ahead of schedule this year. Everything was just not going to be the same, but it turned out to be pretty great.
Last night, we had an enjoyable evening at my grandparents. While my sisters were missed, we all enjoyed ourselves and all was fairly normal.
On Christmas morning, we would normally wake up and do stockings and some presents, have a nice breakfast with the grandparents and just hang out for a bit. Since we'd already done our stockings, there wasn't going to be much to do this morning. Although we still invited the grandparents over for breakfast. It turned out to be really nice. I enjoyed everyone's company. I didn't worry about presents. It was actually better than our normal Christmas. And we did get the opportunity to skype with the sisters who could not join us.
We headed over to my uncle's house in the afternoon and once again, we had a great time. As we were leaving, I realized, I was actually really happy to be leaving with less than we had come with. I didn't need oodles of gifts. I had fun just hanging out with the family.
I'm starting to really feel like in the midst of all the gift giving, people lost the real meaning of Christmas. Holidays are a time to enjoy our families and all the blessings in our lives. For once this year, I truly got to enjoy my family and it was awesome.
On a little side note, since this is Sparkpeople, I will say that I did go over on my calories for the past few days, but I am not beating myself up over it. I did a good job except around the sweets. People brought too many nibbly things (you know the things that are just a morsel you can pop in your mouth as you walk by). But regardless, I am not overstuffed and I do not regret it at all. Tomorrow I'm heading to the gym again, but not because I am frantically trying to burn off calories, mostly because I want the opportunity to keep up my normal routine and I feel better when I work out.
Oh and a little picture of my Christmas
my cousin, me, and my sister
our dog, who thinks she is a person