It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Even when your Wife is pregnant, you have a ton of different houses to travel to, last-minute gifts, multiple candlelight services to attend and— Hang on, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me back up and give you some background on what Christmas is like at the Evans’ Household.
My Wife is the most wonderful, giving, and PROACTIVE Christmas person ever. Almost to a fault. You see, Sara will find something on sale the day after Christmas to give as a gift for someone the following Christmas. It’s a really good thing since it usually saves money and the headache of forgetting about Gram-Gram’s gift down the road. The problem comes when holly-jolly Kevin has to head up into the freezing cold attic to organize and filter through all the boxes. That, or in the sweltering heat of summer, I’m in the attic trying not to have a heat stroke or not step on a mouse trap. And since it’s like being in an oven on the surface of the sun, that would be the most embarrassing 911 call ever as I’ve been known to be up there in just my boxers due to the heat.
Christmas-time for my family also means travel. I’m not talking multiple flights, layovers in warm climates, and an Uber ride to a relative’s house for a few days. What I’ve got is worse… You see, we were incredibly “fortunate” to buy a house in a location that is smack-dab in the middle of our relatives. It’s 15 minutes to my Mom and Dad’s house and both of my sisters’ houses. Also, it’s 10 m
inutes to Sara’s Mother’s house and 15ish to her Dad’s. So blessing and curse… (Dads out there, you know what I mean) This means that Sara and I are juggling where and when we are headed to each family member’s house. We have tried the “one year is your family, the next year is mine” plan, but inevitably we end up snubbing someone due to my Wife’s complex family dynamics. So that’s out. In the end, for better or worse, we have discovered that spending a few hours with each relative and traveling back and forth is our best option. Plus, the drive time gives me a chance to belt out a few Christmas carols at the top of my lungs to help add to Sara’s stress levels. Win-win.
Something important to Sara and I is keeping the Christ in Christmas. I’m not going on a religious soapbox tangent or anything, but we usually go to a Christmas Eve candlelight service. We both enjoy the time spent with family and friends, it’s just another thing we have to add to our already hectic holiday schedule.
That’s our Christmas schedule… I’d like to know how yours is.
Dads, anything in particular you do with your kiddos? Any special traditions? With Baby X on the way, we are looking into starting a few traditions. Not too sure what yet, but I’ll definitely do a post or two if we figure something out. Take care everybody…
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays