The Best Christmas Ever

This Christmas started with a lesson learned.

Last night, I stayed up until after 1 am. As I mindlessly browsed the web, I came across a post about how to fall asleep quickly and sleep deeply through a mild form of self-hypnosis.

It sounded easy, and I thought, You know, I need to get up at 6am tomorrow morning to make Candy Cane Coffee Cake. This could be perfect!

So I went to bed and did what it said – basically, you were supposed to close your eyes and stare at the little lights that flash around under your eyelids for one minute, then lift each limb for 30 seconds, letting it drop down naturally when you’re done, then do the same with your head.

I did each step, then lay there blissfully and let the sweet relaxation wash over me. It felt wonderful! I drank it in, waiting for sleep to envelop me. And… nothing. I spent almost the entire night lying awake with my eyes closed or in a half-dream state, never successfully sleeping.

In the end, I got 3 hours of sleep last night, and that only because Dan got up with the girls and let me sleep in. I felt like someone had pulled a prank on me.

Needless to say, I had coffee this morning. And nobody had coffee cake.

But once I got some caffeine pumping through my veins, everything was much better, and Christmas morning officially started.

Aunt Suzi bought Ariel a little wooden nativity for Christmas. She loves it! I love it because it is lead-free, and, apart from a couple shepherds’ staffs, plastic-free.

She played with it while I prepared breakfast – sans coffee cake.

Felicity waited patiently – she was so smiley this morning!

Ariel loves fruit – and scrambled eggs! She couldn’t wait!

After breakfast, Dan read the girls a Christmas story. Errr… he tried to. The stories were a little long for Ariel’s taste, with not enough pictures, so there was too much page turning to finish one. Oh, well!

Our gift for Ariel was a toy cell phone. We knew that she would love it more than pretty much anything else we could get for her, so we decided to go for it, despite the fact that it was another plastic toy. She was pretty happy!

She also sneezed.

After Ariel went down for her nap, it started snowing! We haven’t had a white Christmas here in Portland since I was 5 years old! What a magical addition to the day!

After coming in from photographing the bush, I commented to Dan that, with our fun, happy morning and no let-down from presents (you can’t be disappointed if you already knew you were getting nothing!), this was the best Christmas I had ever had.

Dan agreed.

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