It was my first Christmas Eve/Day without my parents since 2003 (my first Christmas with Mr. Curly and a choice not to be with family). This one wasn't entirely by choice, but we survived. We invited 4 friends to join us for Christmas dinner, but they ended up not being able to make it.
Which leads to the list of....
Things we learned:
- Make a mashed potato bake casserole recipe that usually feeds 30 people for 2 adults and 2 kids, unless you want to be eating it for a week.
- Bake a 10 lb ham for only 2 adults and 2 kids, unless you really really really like ham.
- Expect dog toys to last more than an hour.
- Cook 2 pizzas on one baking sheet if they don't completly fit on the sheet.
- Assume the toilet flushed correctly.
- Let your clean-aholic mom get bored.
- Go overboard at a nice goodwill.
- Make 50 cookies for a church party during a snow/sleet storm, unless you want to eat a lot of cookies.
- Let dishes (even just 4 plates and a baking sheet) go overnight if you don't have a dishwasher (they multiply!!).
- Put your 3 year old daughter down for a nap without a potty break first, no matter how hard she is crying.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Make "Happy Birthday, Jesus" cake.
- Let your son play dress up.
- Let your daughter march on her brother's car mat.
- Save peppers and carrots for snowman faces.
- Cut your son's hair all by yourself.
- Let your kids enjoy all their new toys at once.
- Let your daughter put her new make-up on you.
- Wrestle/Dance with your kids.
- Take pictures.
- Let your mom clean the kids's room.
- Shop the local Wal-mart Christmas sales multiple times.
- Celebrate the New Year's with the East Coast (if you live in the midwest).
- Take a nap with your daughter when she's having a hard day.
Wait for it, you'll hear most of it.