Since we're still with my in-laws, we won't be doing much decorating of our own this year. As a matter of fact, all of our Christmas decorations are in our attic in Tuscaloosa. Our elf - Eddie - was even left behind in the chaos of packing to come down here...call me mom of the year.
This Christmas season has really driven home the lesson of "it's not about the things, it's about the people" for us. And, believe it or not, I think we're having just as much fun (if not more fun) than we would have if we were having a "normal" Christmas.
My in-laws have been great about including us in their Christmas traditions, like picking out a Christmas tree. We took Emma Ramey Tuesday night to pick one out.
This was her pretty much the whole time.
We didn't find anything we loved that night, but a very helpful person working there told us that they would have another shipment in the next day.
So the next night, we did a little bit more running up and down the aisles...
...and found the perfect tree! This was literally the first one we picked up...that NEVER happens.
We also got a few Christmas card pictures this week. Nothing fancy, just my girl in the back yard.
I think they turned out great, but I am a little biased...I think the model was exceptionally cute.
And what Christmas season is complete without going to see Santa?
Or his elf...whatever works.
We went to see Santa at a local fundraiser yesterday, and from the second we walked in the room with him, Emma Ramey was stuck to me like glue. It took a few minutes, but (with the help of some very sweet elves), we finally convinced her to take a picture with one of Santa's helpers, and Santa was able to sneak up behind her.
The lady processing the pictures joked that this would go down as the year we went to see Santa's elves.
So far, it's definitely been a different Christmas, but a great one. I wouldn't trade this year for anything in the world.