To say this Christmas season has been unusual would be an understatement.
After all, the 7-foot Christmas tree is still in the attic. The ornaments and stockings are still neatly tucked away in the red and green bins. And the fragile manger that was my mom’s is nowhere to be seen.
There have been MOMents this month where I’ve felt like a failure. I mean, I have a daughter. She’s young – only 6. She craves Christmas lights on the house. She adores putting the ornaments on the tree and finding out the stories behind each one.
But this year just had to be different. I have my reasons (ahem, excuses).
The Huge Ice Storm of December 2013 – yes, it hit our area badly here north of Dallas. My daughter was off school for a week. My husband couldn’t make it into work. I missed out on a blogging trip. It was FREEZING COLD. I mean, really freezing…..as in many were without power. Needless to say, we weren’t going out in the ICE to put out Christmas lights this year.
Surgery – many of you might remember that my husband had emergency surgery for a detached retina this year. Well, he is my go-to guy when it comes to getting up in the attic and getting everything down the ladder. I certainly couldn’t do it all myself (those boxes are HEAVY) and I couldn’t chance hitting his eye if he helped by catching the boxes. So……no tree, stockings, or tree skirt with “The Muccio Family” written upon it.
But, what I learned is that in spite of having the most non-traditional Christmas I can ever remember, and in spite of feeling like a holiday failure at times, we created some of the best memories. Sprout calls them MOMents! In fact, my 6 year old never complained once about any of the “missing” things this month.
She remembers the MOMents.
- The 4-foot tree I bought at the last minute on clearance from Target. The one I let her decorate ALL BY HERSELF…..with all of my craft ribbons.
- Riding the Express Train through the mall for the very first time (Mommy conceded that is was a great way to pass by the crowd)
- Heading outside to “play” in the ice with a makeshift sled (ahem, Rubbermaid lid) (mostly to prove to someone that it wasn’t snow)
- Playing Wii U at Love Field with Daddy at the kiosk (after arriving at the airport, with plenty of luggage in tow. Just because we could)
- Meeting a real life penguin, who seemingly adored her (during a weekend getaway, instead of being home decorating the house)
- Decorating gingerbread cookies at Gingy’s (in the Gaylord Texan), instead of mom’s homemade recipe and mess to clean up
None of these MOMents were part of my ideal Christmas plan.
But you know what, she remembers them all and smiles.
I do too.
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