To begin with; going into the season I made the commitment to myself that I would not over commit myself or try to over extend myself. I began by simplifying my decorations.
This year I listed all the activities I had done in the past and then choose my favorite 5 and stuck with those. I turned down many invitations for holiday parties and such and just stuck to a few get togethers and mostly family time.
As Christmas grew closer I was letting myself fall back into old habits of hustle bustle and began to find myself very frazzled over all the things that needed to be done before Christmas. A few days before Christmas Koen became very ill and we had a couple of very scary days wondering what the outcome would be. This really gave me a reality check and I quickly realized what was important.
When Christmas did arrive I was so thankful for a healthy (mostly) family and what a miracle that was considering what had happened just earlier that week. As an adult, I do not believe I have had a happier Christmas. I was just truly overjoyed to be with my family and nothing else seemed to matter.
I did not get all of my Christmas cards out due to Koen's sickness, but I did get some out to mostly those that live away and that don't get to see the boys often as I included their picture in the Christmas card.
Like I said before I wanted to journal this in order to remember my feelings of this Christmas and keep things in perspective for years to come!
I didn't take hardly any pictures on Christmas, which I kind of regret, but I do have very good memories of my own, so I am OK with that. Here are a few I did get.