Sometimes it feels like I blinked my eyes and I went from anticipating the holidays to starting the countdown to summer. The holiday season went pretty well for the Pierson family, from family get-togethers to trips to the theater and playing with new toys in between, I think it was a pretty great break.
We kicked off festivities with a couple of large family Christmas gatherings for both sides of the families. It is always great to see everyone and take in a wide variety of the delicious food that accompanies the event.
The Sunday prior to Christmas, my immediate family went to church together for the first time in probably decades and then had a nice afternoon eating, playing games and opening presents. My mom even took the younger girls out caroling through the neighborhood, which was very appreciated by those who heard the show.
While not out and about, we also made and decorated the traditional sugar cookies to give to Santa. I’m not sure where my recipe went wrong, but only a handful of the cookies turned out, with many of them sticking to the pan and breaking to pieces. We did, however, get enough to have a plate full for the big guy and my daughters tried some new decorating techniques resembling swirling tie-dye.
On Christmas Eve, we went to church with the girls in their Christmas dresses and new fancy, red coats. We then got the house ready for Santa, complete with cookies, white milk to dunk the cookies in, chocolate milk to drink and carrots for the reindeer. Unlike years past, it was a little harder to coax the girls to sleep, as the anticipation of the morning was just too high for any shut-eye.
After the girls did finally nod off to dreamland, Santa aka Mom, began placing the presents under the tree and filling the stockings full of goodies for the morning. When the girls awoke the next days, quite a bit earlier than I anticipated, they were off to the races opening presents.
For the most part, they were very excited about what Santa had left for them, along with gifts from us and the ones they selected for each other. The more comical gifts were given to my husband and me from the girls including a second coffee mug (to go with the sad, dying horse mug from last year) for my husband featuring two cats and reading “I meowy you” and for me a tool used to grab items from high places. I have to say, their gifts are definitely my favorite to open. We wrapped up the holiday with a final gathering at Tony’s parents that afternoon before coming home to organize all of our new goodies.
In the following days, while I was at work, the girls were with my parents and were able to visit the Botanical Center along with going to see the new “Mary Poppins” movie. For my husbands birthday, we went to a delicious lunch at Jethro’s in Altoona followed by a viewing of the new “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” movie. My girls really like Spider-Man right now and I have to say it was unlike any movie I had ever seen, in a good way.
The rest of our days were filled with putting together and playing with new toys for the girls and organizing my craft room for me. We capped off a great break with a Hawkeye victory in the Outback Bowl and a day to relax before heading back to school.
Now the countdown is on to winter vacation, also known as a stay at a hotel with a pool.
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