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I've decided that I'm ready for Christmas. It isn't a matter of finishing everything on my list, it's a matter of paring down my list to the bare essentials. What do we need to have a fun Christmas together?
A tree? Check. We're not decorating until the 24th so I don't have to deal with the constant undecorating that comes with two small kids.
Gifts? Check. Just waiting for another package to arrive. I wrap them as soon as they come to keep them out of sight, and the gifts are staying behind a locked door until Christmas Eve, when we'll bring them out.
Food? Still working on the menu, but we're not picky. Lots of snacky food for Christmas Eve and I still haven't decided on my Christmas menu yet. I always have a hard time with that. I'm definitely going to keep it simple, though, because I'd rather be playing with my family than cooking a big fancy dinner.
There are several other things that I think would be fun, but I've decided are optional. Outside lights, neighbor gifts, cards, gingerbread houses . . . all these things are fun, but I think they'll be more fun if we only do them because we want to, and not because we have to. Since crossing the Christmas cards off my required list, I've actually written a few. I've given myself permission not to do our whole list. It's very freeing.
We're reading The Life of Our Lord by Charles Dickens, an annual Christmas tradition, and we'll put up the nativity set today. Maybe we'll take an evening to drive around and look at lights.
So that's my lazy Christmas plan. What's yours?