Whew! What a crazy last few days it has been for the Villella household! With Thanksgiving now behind us, I can finally submerse myself into the Christmas Spirit. I am one of those that refuses to celebrate Christmas in October, before Halloween has even happened. I avoid the local radio station, like the plague, that plays Christmas music starting on November 1st, and our Christmas decor does not come out of the basement until Black Friday.
With that said, when Black Friday rolls around, it's tradition that my husband goes to brave the madness (yes, he's the one that loves to shop), and the kids and I hunker down at home base, avoiding any stores at all costs. We break into the Christmas boxes and I take our annual Christmas card photo of the boys. My husband and I check in with one another throughout the day, like we are in the trenches. Sometimes, spending 7am - 8pm straight, indoors with two boys can seem like you are in the trenches. Luckily, I have a trick for surviving the madness.
Anyone that has kids knows how excited they get around Christmas time. Just the mention of the holiday gets them bouncing off the walls. With a laundry list of things to get done, parents need a few ticks up their sleeves. One of our tricks is our trusty Scout Elf, "Hunter". Just a quick reminder that Hunter is watching, can do wonders when their wrestling match is getting a bit too serious or their manners have flown out the window and taken my sanity with them. There are only two downside to having an elf around: one, my kids often wake me up very early on the weekends, so they can go searching for Hunter (and yes, my kids won't wondering downstairs in the morning without me or John - and by "John", I mean me). Two, I have to move him. Every. Single. Night. 30 times. But, to see the joy and wonder on their little faces each morning, makes it totally worth losing those precious 40 extra minutes of sleep. Hands down.
Stay tuned throughout the Christmas season, as I share more Villella Traditions. Also, I would love the hear about your favorite traditions, so leave me a comment - it would make my day!