I woke up at FIVE THIRTY this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep (partially because of sleeping in an unfamiliar place/on an air mattress/people making noise, but probably partially also because it was Christmas, lol), so I just got up at seven even though I was obviously exhausted and feeling pretty miserable. I drank a mug of tea and talked to Grandpa while Mom and Joshua cooked. We let Sophie open her stocking. Then we waited around for my grandma to get up so we could start opening gifts at 10:00.
Giving gifts is my outward love language and buying gifts for people is my favorite thing in the world, so Christmas morning is always the BEST when everyone can finally open the gifts I got them! I got my mom a wooden “Home” sign; a zucchini spiralizer; a box of her favorite maple leaf cookies from Trader Joe’s; and a glass jar filled with seashells from our September beach vacation (normally my mom is hard to shop for, but this year I was full of ideas for her).
I got my dad these cool slate coasters from Etsy (each one has a famous Braves play on it–I also got my grandpa on my dad’s side of the family a set of these coasters) and wrote him a poem about all of the monthly outings we went on this year (which is scary lol, I don’t write poems).
I got Joshua a copy of Renegades by Marissa Meyer and a Harry Potter pencil case, in addition to an Oreo hot chocolate bomb in his stocking.
I got my grandma a piano blanket.
I got my grandpa a copy of The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson, the fill-in journal What I Love About Grandpa, and a glass jar filled with seashells from our beach trip. (I also want full credit for thinking of the air plant and the mug with a watercolor bird, both from the Freys, that my mom got him. And credit for keeping the air plant alive for the past two months before Christmas.)
In my stocking I received Lily’s peanut butter cups, Ocho coconut mini candy bars, two Enjoy Life chocolate bars, small cutting boards that I’d been wanting, some tea from an Amish store, and Post-It notes.
For gifts I received two acacia wood trays; a 2021 daily planner; washi tape; a charcuterie board; two sets of notecards (one with hummingbirds and one with cats); a set of small acacia wood bowls; and a wax seal set to use for envelopes, which is definitely the thing I wanted most/was most excited about and will remember most from this year.
I also received quite a bit of money from my very generous grandparents. Today I used part of it to order the DVD of Boy Meets World season 4 as well as three books: Dust by Kara Swanson, Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren, and Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull. I also ordered a Hogwarts wax seal stamp and a set of sealing wax sticks in all different colors. And I’ve been wanting a new comforter for my bed (I’ve had the same one since I was six and it’s time for an upgrade, lol) so I’m planning to use part of the money for that.
We were done opening gifts at noon and had lunch at one (the usual Christmas dinner suspects–ham, sweet potato souffle, baked pineapple, fudge pecan pie, etc.).
After lunch I learned how to make wax seals from a YouTube video. It’s way easier than I expected, so much fun, and my new obsession–a whole new world!
I’d pushed myself as far and hard as I could, so I took a nap midafternoon. Then I did a couple more wax seals, we had a small late dinner, watched Elf, and Christmas 2020 was over.
Today I’m grateful for: My family who knows me so well and gets me thoughtful and generous gifts to enjoy.
Check out Blogmas Day 25 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016. Normally Christmas is the last day of Blogmas, but I have some fun plans with friends over the next several days, so I’m thinking this year there may be a bonus Blogmas post or two coming your way. Stay tuned and Merry Christmas!