What a lovely Christmas Day it has been! I think the pre-Christmas hubbub really hit me & John on Christmas Eve because we ended up going to bed at 9 o'clock! John woke up at 1:30 Christmas morning & busied himself upstairs. I slept till 3:00. We put our gifts for each other under the tree on Christmas Eve afternoon. John had made it clear to me more than once during the past few weeks that this Christmas was to remain small & simple. The plan was to exchange stocking gifts & nothing more. In the photo above you can see John's stocking on the left (the pinwheel pattern) & mine on the right (the 9-patch). In between the two is one small gift with a red bow. This gift could not fit into John's stocking so I had to put it under the tree. Note my stocking. It is filled beyond its capacity. Now note all the other wrapped packages under the tree. These gifts, he tells me, could not fit inside my stocking, hard as he tried to fit them in there. I should've known that he would break his own "rule" ... lol!
We always open our gifts to each other really slowly in order to make Christmas Day last as long as possible. Open a gift, have something to eat, sit & talk, open another gift, watch a short DVD program, have something to eat, talk with someone on the phone, open a gift, etc. John ended up taking 2 naps during the afternoon but I remained bright eyed & bushy tailed the entire day : )
We enjoyed good food all day long. Initially I thought I would continue my healthy eating program through Christmas but this morning I decided that Christmas only comes but once a year. As a result I keep waiting to experience some kind of sugar overdose. I haven't had sugar or any food that the body turns into sugar since May. Today has been one wild ride on the sugar rush train ... caramel popcorn, gumdrop cake, potato salad, white bread, Jello salad, & there was some candy in my stocking that has been calling to me since yesterday. Food combining rules have been blatantly ignored. Did I enjoy my fall off the wagon? Yes, but I'll get right back up on it again in the morning : )
I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas Day as much as I enjoyed mine. Maybe I'm just getting old but for the past few Christmases I have been keenly aware of how very blessed I am to get to celebrate another Christmas. I often hear or read the phrase "live each day as if it were your last." Each day is truly a gift & each Christmas maybe even more so. Treasure each day & especially treasure each Christmas.