Christmas 2014

"Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp. 
Christmas Day will always be just as long as we have we. 
Welcome Christmas while we stand, heart to heart, and hand in hand."
-How The Grinch Stole Christmas

This year, Man. This Christmas was good. I feel like I finally tapped into the real Christmas spirit and I was riding it all December long. You know that after-Christmas let down where you feel depressed that it's all over in one day? It never came. All of the joy I was feeling leading up to Christmas is still just sitting here waiting to be used up in different ways. This year instead of being center stage, the presents and anticipation of santa, for me, was just icing on an already delicious and beautiful cake. Although the NEW HARRY POTTER COVERS and book mp3's, sheepskin meditation rug, grill and shop vac made for pretty great icing.

Celebrating with Hadley and Carsen has been so great this month. We had a "kindness elf" named Holly join our Christmas traditions this year and it's climbing the top to one of my favorite things I will look forward to each year. It in no way knocked out any of Hadi's attitude (a girl can dream, right?), but seeing her eyes light up and body bounce with excitement at the chance to make a simple card for someone was so great. We baked together, delivered treats, made lots of notes, colored pictures, talked kindly to Carsen and other friends, and discussed (but never followed through haha) doing kind things like leaving a gift for the mailman and taking treats to the fire station or city librarians. It breaks my heart to think I have a limited amount of these years where the belief in this magic is so real. Having Hadley around made our holidays a million times better, but nothing can top watching the two of them opening stockings and presents on Christmas morning. I love how much they love each other.

Hadley's highlights: taylor swift cd, microphone, and her princesses with clip on dresses

Carsen's highlights: the "punch and drop" box, his waddle book and Hadley's microphone 



Brissa Christensen said...

Man, I wish Hadi's baby Jesus was snoopy. I'm glad Christmas was so great. luv u guyz.

Danica Holdaway said...

Pregnant Hadley is killin me hahaha man I love your family.