To be honest, I kind of had mixed feelings about Christmas this year for several reasons. You see, I’m all about tradition, and it just disturbs me when those traditions change. Between working during the holidays and trying to juggle celebrating with the Bishop and Mclaughlin family this year, I knew going into this holiday season that there would be lots of changes. Boy do things get complicated. But in the midst of all the chaos, it dawned on me... from here on out, Nic and I would start creating our own Christmas traditions. Well, let’s just say, when I realized this, it lit a winter-wonderland fire inside of me, and I was even more full with Christmas cheer. Nic said once that I was the anti-grinch... that made me smile.
Christmas 2010 (in bullet points)
- Let me preface this first bullet point by saying that the start of Christmas week I worked a lot. I was worn out to say the least, and I was planning on working through Christmas eve. This took quite a bit of mental preparation for this Christmas-spirited girl. And let’s just say I wasn’t looking forward to spending our first Christmas eve together working at the hospital.
- On Christmas eve, Nic made his way down to Chiefland to celebrate Christmas with all the Bishops. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend because I had to sleep to prepare for work that night. But I’m pretty sure Nic had a good time without me. :)
- Christmas eve night, I was put “on call” at work. Meaning I had to be prepared to go to work at any time. But I was excited because this gave me a little bit of time to spend with my hubby on Christmas eve, and we were able to make it to my Aunt’s house (in scrubs) for our annual events (which always includes oyster stew, yuck!).
- Nic and I made our way back to the house to spend our last few moments together before I went into work. With the fireplace burning, the Christmas lights sparkling we watched The Holiday (love that movie)... and then I got the call! Worked called to let me know I could have the night off. I was beyond excited! What a wonderful Christmas gift!
- Christmas morning I woke up at 4:30. Yes, I know that’s ridiculous, but that’s what I get for sleeping all day. I did however let Nic sleep in until 6:30 (aren’t I sweet). As soon as I could get him out of bed, we ran downstairs, lit the fireplace, turned the Christmas music on, and exchanged gifts. It was perfect. I loved watching his reaction to some of the gifts I got him, and he sure did good picking out the clothes he got me! :) After the presents were opened, we enjoyed hot chocolate and just spending time together. No TV, just us. I know it all sounds so simple, but our new Christmas tradition was everything I could have hoped for.
- And the morning was just beginning. Around 9:00, we headed over to my parent’s house still in our pajamas. I surely didn’t want to miss out on any of those old traditions. One of those being the matching pajamas (aren’t we cute?). We gathered around the tree, each taking a turn opening a present, because in our house we like to stretch Christmas out as long as possible... just the way I like it. It was so much fun.
- We spent the rest of the day and night surrounded by family. ALL of our family. And eating LOTS of food. And watching Christmas movies. And showing off all of our new gadgets, toys and clothes. We even played a couple of games.
So, yes, although I may have had mixed feelings about Christmas in the beginning, this Christmas exceeded all of my expectations. It was a perfect “First Christmas” for us Bishops. I hope that all of you had a Merry Christmas this year too... and for many, many more years to come!!! Yes, I am already counting down the days until next year! :)