The Not-So-Perfect ChristmasMolly Thornberg
Wow, it’s already over! Christmas happened — just like that. Weeks of planning, a few days of chaos and then it’s complete.
It was Zeke’s first Christmas and our first as a family of 6. Having a large family around the holidays is a ton of work, but so worth it.
Like almost every mom, I want Christmas to be perfect. Every gift will have a bow. Every kid will have a smile and not meltdown.
*insert record scratch here*
Perfect? Not so much. Memorable? Most definitely.
Here’s a Glimpse Into Our Not-So-Perfect Christmas:
Christmas PJ’s 1 of 15Every year the kids get to open their Christmas PJ's. I picked up the monogrammed union suit that I had bought for Zeke and Izaiah. Zeke's had his name misspelled as Zake and Izaiah's was 2 sizes too big.
Christmas Eve Cookies 2 of 15The older 2 stayed up and made cookies for Santa. I'm pretty sure they don't believe in Santa, but are afraid they won't get any gifts if they don't.
Stockings Were Hung – err Laid by The Fireplace 3 of 15Stockings full of candy and Angry Birds tattoos.
Christmas Morning 4 of 15The Christmas tree (with half of our lights burnt out) and the load from Santa's sled (a.k.a. Amazon.com)
Zeke Confused on Christmas Morning 5 of 15We woke up Zeke at 7 a.m. to open gifts. Zeke, like me - does NOT like mornings.
Celebrating Jesus 6 of 15We ate our red velvet birthday cake for Jesus. This is our crazy toddler Izaiah.
Gift Time! 7 of 15Zeke sat in the middle of all of the gifts in him Bumbo as gift unwrapping began.
Still Sitting Here 8 of 15The gifts were unwrapped one by one - while Zeke sat confused in the middle of it all.
Getting Sleepy 9 of 15All of this gift unwrapping made him tired.
Z Unwrapped Zeke’s Gifts 10 of 15Zeke had a few presents under the tree that Z helped him unwrap.
And He Fell Asleep 11 of 15Too much excitement for this baby. He fell asleep in his bumbo.
Pappy Stops By 12 of 15Grandpa Pappy stopped by - Zeke slept.
Christmas Morning Isn’t Complete Without a Meltdown! 13 of 15Izaiah, throwing a temper tantrum. Apparently Zeke is not allowed on their swingset.
Attempting to Get a Christmas Photo of the Kids 14 of 15A photo of all of my kids on Christmas is all I wanted. Trying to get 4 kids to cooperate is pretty much a joke.
Merry Christmas! 15 of 15And it happened, well kindof. I love it. We did it, made it through Zeke's first Christmas and our first Christmas with 4 kids.
- Misspelling on the Christmas PJ’s
- A husband who had the stomach bug
- Christmas lights on the tree that are burned out
- Kids woke us up at 7 a.m. to open gifts
- I fell down the stairs (AGAIN) on Christmas morning massively bruising my leg
- I may have forgotten about several presents I had hid
- Kids didn’t sleep, meaning constant bickering and attitude
- Forgot to cook the ham, so we had cold ham (it was actually good)
- After sleeping 1 hour on Christmas eve — we fell asleep at 4:00 p.m.
We had fun and made memories. The day was stress-free as stress-free with four kids can be. Even when chaos erupts and when Christmas day is anything but perfect, I kept thinking to myself:
Before we know it the kids will all be gone. Make the most of Christmas and create memories that they will forever have, like Sean and I have of our days as a child.
As nice as that sounds, I still had a few moments where I am yelling at the kids to “turn it down” or “stop fighting” or “don’t break that!”. Seeing that our older 2 kids are out of school for another week, I except a few more mommy meltdowns. My secret weapon to stay sane? Moscato.
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