Twas The Night After Christmas


Twas the night after Christmas and all thru the house, it was a complete disaster with wrapping paper, bows and toys everywhere! Boxes that won’t make it into the dumpster, that will pile up on the side of the house til they can be cut up and put inside…
It’s so funny how you spend all this time cleaning and getting ready for the destruction … aka the day of Christmas present opening.  The house, like in our case was clean for about 12 hours. Now the day after Christmas I still have a house to clean. Dishes are in the sink because after dinner I didn’t feel like cleaning them on Christmas day. They are soaking (wink wink)

Christmas eve we set the milk and cookies out for Santa with J myster and went outside to sprinkle reindeer food on the yard. It was fun to see the excitement on his face and hear him talk about Santa. Hunky Hubs rocked him to sleep and the last thing he said before dosing off was “Santa gonna bring me toys and candy!” We tucked him into bed and then Hunky Hubs woke early Christmas day, started a fire and I laid in bed with Baby B waiting for J to stir. I heard a thump in his room, walked in to see he had fallen out of bed and was lying on the floor. I woke him and asked if he’d like to go see if Santa left him presents. But he did the exact same thing he did the year before when Santa left him the train table. A giant train table that daddy built for him, he wakes up and walks right past it and over to see if Santa ate the cookies and milk. Then he looks at the tree and sees nothing but the presents mommy and daddy left him. We had to literally say “LOOK HERE! There’s a train table!  So this year he did the exact same thing. He got a Black N Decker Work Bench from Santa sitting right next to the tree and he doesn’t see it?!! It was unbelievable! He had to see if Santa ate the cookies and drank the milk, but was oblivious to it until we pointed to it. It was so incredibly funny especially since it was twice lived.

We commenced in Santa gift opening, which is always the one left out unwrapped under the tree and Santa always fills the stockings. The other presents under the tree are from mommy and daddy and grandma and who ever else gives a gift. I want my kids to know that Santa gives gifts, but so does his family; that way one day when he stops believing in Santa Claus he can still see the magic and love behind Christmas. I also felt that this year at the age of 3, it was appropriate for J to give gifts this year to his family. He made his grandmas and aunts Christmas ornaments for their tree and next year we’ll get more elaborate with the things he can “make” for his family. I think it’s really important to stress as early as you can with kids the sentiments of “giving”. J loved making and giving something to his family. You could see the pride on his face and the excitement he had when he handed them their gifts. Now if only I could spread that excitement to the “sharing” of his toys with his baby brother! 😉 Ha ha!

But much to my relief I am glad it’s all winding down. No more parties to get ready and plan, at least for another 25 days. The hubs’ birthday is in January, so I still have some gift buying to do and some planning, but at least it’s just for one person.

Now I can get the kids back into a daily routine, maybe incorporate an exercise routine too, which is much-needed after a month of fudge and pie eating!

I really don’t want to talk about the “presents” received…because as much as that is one of the exciting things about Christmas, I’ve always kinda loved Thanksgiving better, less expectations, and the holiday is about each other, not things. But this Christmas I’d have to say was the best Christmas ever!!! First and foremost, it was the best because our family is complete, no one is missing. It was the best because it was in our new house, the house my kids will grow up in. It was the best because it was a white Christmas and I spent my very first “lazy” day in probably a year on the couch with my family watching Christmas movies and doing NOTHING. That’s right, I made it a point to get it all done before Christmas eve so that I could wake up and do absolutely nothing that day. And it was amazing! I played games with J on the couch. We watched movies, made popcorn and hot cocoa and talked about Santa and just were together.

I do have to say that J however, made out like a bandit. We always try to have equal numbers of presents under the tree, but he had like 5 more gifts than anyone else. I hope its something he remembers for a long time.

As for me, my husband knows me best. Actually, anyone who knows me at all knows about my need love for coffee!


He said it was from the boys! And I am seriously so stoked to start using it! I brewed a cup on Christmas day, but I’m excited to get some teas and hot chocolate for it. Maybe the hubs will even use it for Hot Chocolate on cold winter days before work since he isn’t’ a coffee drinker. Now before this, I had a Tassimo, and the Tassimo brewbot is great but I just can’t find t-discs in stores anywhere up here. I was told it was due to elevation problems when I asked at Bed Bath And Beyond a while back. I am soo loved!

Thanks babe!!
Hope all my readers had a splendid Christmas and as my son would say “Happy Merry Christmas” 
Now I need to teach him Happy New Year! 😉 


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I'm just a wife and mom of two boys trying to find her place in this world. I enjoy walks around the lake, bible journaling, and RV camping with my family.

Heartfully Heather


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10 thoughts on “Twas The Night After Christmas

  1. Seriously, it’s like you were describing my home. I spent all day cleaning the night before to have it be a mess on Christmas morning. But seeing my babies faces after they opened all their presents made the mess worth it. 😉
    I’m a new follower of your lovely blog via the super sunday sync.

  2. Your story is very touching, good for you for sharing your childhood difficulties and in doing so helping others. I too am an aspiring writer and I also love writing silly poem-posts…I think we are destined to be bloggin buddies 🙂 Just found your blog through Let Them Eat Cake’s hop and so glad I did. I’m your newest follower, feel free to check out my blog sometime and follow back. Have a wonderful new year!

    The Real McCoy(s)

  3. Now THAT’s a present!! Also, the Santa present idea? GENIUS!! Wish I would have read this post when I was raising my trio. So glad your Christmas was special and wishing you the best New Year EVER!! BB2U

  4. Hi Heather,

    What a wonderful way to spend Christmas. We watched movies also. I do agree about Thanksgiving vs. Christmas.

    Thank you for linking up to Thumping Thursdays Blog Hop and displaying the badge. I also appreciate you joining our community. I look forward to having you back. How are you listed in Disqus so I can follow you?

    On coffee: I just did a post about coffee in case you want to check it out:

  5. Sounds like you and your family had an amazing Christmas! I don’t think anyone could ever escape the destruction of Christmas that comes with opening presents and all the food and visitors. That’s kinda what makes it fun. I’m not cleaning until I decide to take down the decorations! And yum…Keurigs are the best thing ever for us coffee addicts lol.

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