The build-up of Christmas is like nothing else. The buzz of Santa, crazy Elf-on-a-Shelf shenanigans, crazy shoppers fighting over parking spaces, holiday music, holiday parties, the list goes on. I miss the Christmas Eve excitement–needing to get to bed early so Santa could come, leaving out glittery oatmeal and carrots for the reindeer and cookies and milk for Santa (or if my brothers got to pick Santa’s beverage, a Heineken). We had our Christmas Eve fun, a few family games, crazy amounts of food, and I fell asleep so quickly I didn’t even hear Santa’s arrival.
Christmas brings a sense of calmness and happiness. While two days of nonstop family time might test that calmness just a bit ;), it only comes once a year. 6 days to the New Year. 6 days to a fresh start, to new resolutions. 6 days left to get things done. To clean my room (after some prompting by a certain 6 year old), to get into a running routine (half marathon less than 3 months away), to open my work bag. Though I suppose I can wait to open my bag until after January 1st. 3 more hours of Christmas…a girl can dream.