25 Days of Christmas, Day 16

Please excuse my stress yesterday.  It was truly one of THOSE days.  Near the end, the kids and I were jokingly wondering what else could possibly go wrong, since we had already covered all the bases.  Then we worried that maybe we were right and our jokes would come true, which wouldn’t be funny at all, so we quit joking altogether.

Today was much, much better.  It sounded busy when I ticked off on my fingers all the things that were happening, but it felt relaxed.  Maybe that’s because I didn’t do a stitch of laundry.  I’m sure it also had something to do with the fact that the sun was shining and the air was warm but crisp, and I was running errands alone in the Mustang with the windows down. I feel refreshed and ready to revisit the crazy that is Christmas.

Early this morning, the older girls moved some tables around in preparation for tomorrow’s party.  We’ll be hosting a cookie exchange, an ornament exchange, and doing a play rehearsal. I forgot until I typed those words that Sunday won’t be our only rehearsal before the pageant, but it will be the only rehearsal on-site, where the kids will actually learn where to stand and how to get there.

This morning I bought gifts for 3 children online, and made plans for a few more.  I still need ideas for some people, but at least I’m moving in the right direction.

We desperately needed some groceries (what is December without butter?), but before I left on my errands, I dealt with the pile of snow sitting on the mantle.  We now have a proper Texas snowstorm.  The Christmas explosion continues.

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I arrived home to learn that our box of See’s chocolates from my grandparents had also arrived!  This is a longstanding tradition created and maintained by my maternal grandparents, something we always look forward to.  Now I know that Christmas is really coming!  We’ll wait as long as we can to open them, but we rarely make it until Christmas.  When the box is opened, I have dibs on at least one of the two chocolate-covered toffees.  They’re flat and square, and always in a corner, one per layer.

This evening we read 2 chapters of Luke over dinner. We’re one chapter behind, but we’ll catch up tomorrow when (I hope) the little ones will be less wiggly.  Why do I think they’ll be less wiggly after gorging on cookies all day during our homeschool group Christmas party?  Because the whole Christmas season is all about hope, and hope is the substance of things not seen.  Well, I’ve not seen un-wiggly kids lately, so I’m hoping.

After reading, a few enterprising souls finally decorated the tree…

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…while I did some online Christmas shopping with a string of children who had money but were too young to shop independently, and Kaitlyn baked eleventy-dozen cookies for tomorrow’s cookie exchange.

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Tomorrow, we party like homeschoolers!


  1. Hi! Just wanted to let you know, I love your blog. I’ve enjoyed your posting every day. That can’t be easy! But, you crack me up! I grew up in a large family and this brings back lots of memories. Enjoy these days of chaos, they’ll be gone before you know it, then your kids will have fond memories to share with the next generation!

    • Thank for introducing yourself, Scotzwife. I’m glad you enjoy our blog, and hope to hear more from you.
      I’m not sure that the days of chaos will ever be gone, though. You obviously don’t know my extended family yet. 😉 Once our kids marry and start having children of their own, the chaos will just multiply. At least it won’t all live in my house though. It will come to visit, then go home again.

  2. I grew up in Ca with Sees, I even worked across form one for several years. I LOVE the chocolate covered toffee.

  3. See’s Chocolates are the BEST! My in-laws live in CA and often bring us a box around the holidays, either Thanksgiving or Christmas, whenever they come. My hubby and I horde them in our room and never even tell the children about them. Why bother, when they’re just as happy with a candy cane??? 🙂 We can make a 2 lb box last a few months.

    • Rebekah, that sounds like a very tempting plan with the chocolates, made easier by the fact that our children already sent the box to my room for safekeeping.
      Unfortunately, most of mine are old enough to know just how good See’s candies are, so we’ve already missed our chance at your ploy. Enjoy it while it lasts, because they’ll catch on all too soon!

  4. On a calmer note-I love mantels! But, alas, there are so many ways to decorate a mantel that I need almost a daily switch out to accommodate all of the myriad of possibilities. It’s a good thing that I do not have one because all the constant change would be so fussy. It sounds like you and I would be rolling on the floor fighting for the same See’s chocolate piece! Although, the dark chocolate marshmallow is my ultimate favorite albeit a very rare piece it is. Good night and enjoy your par-tee this day.

    • Jamie, all is well. You can have the marshmallow, I’ll have the toffee, and we’ll both be happy!
      I’m so sorry your neighbor is having a bad time now. I hope his legs improve, along with his housekeeper’s life. It sounds like you are a blessing to both of them. 🙂

  5. Where to start….a neighbor next door who is alone and whose legs decided to give out this weekend and who needs 24hr care therefore and the neighbor’s housekeeper who is now immediately Johnny-on-the-spot and whose personal life took a dive from the usual dive and needs moral support to get our neighbor through this awfully invasive time in his elderly life…..gag…..TMI…..and I’m there to give the housekeeper moral support and my dear old neighbor moral support and therefore I called my mother-“HELP”-to Christmassy the house and tree with my own children tomorrow while I help sort out my neighbor! Thank God for mothers!

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