flashback to our 1st christmas in the USA
we saw someone driving with reindeer antlers still garnishing their car headlights. morayo-hope swiftly asked "why do they STILL have decorations on their car?! christmas is loooong gone. don't they want to celebrate their birthday...and valentines day?!" . ok then, the christmas police is out in full force and i need to get with the program! i figured i better do a quick christmas recap before january is done with and i can't even mention it anymore!
as with every year, i had big plans mostly centreing around me sticking to a budget. and as with every year, i failed in technicolour specularity. morayo-hope's wishlist was 13 items long and i knew we were not buying it all. but i still managed to go off on a tangent. i was happy to see some items on her list that we had already planned to get anyway so i went full throttle for them. and as is always the case with little people, just when i was satisfied that i'd ticked the important boxes, i was hit with: "i know what santa is bringing me. it's on the list i made in school." ummmm...and what did this list consist of: a phone, a walkie talkie doll, and bringing her imaginary friend to life. i immediately made it clear that santa goes with the list written in the home, case closed. judah is much easier as his teacher just told me exactly what he enjoys playing with and that was it.
our christmas tree was nothing to write home about. i had dilly-dallied around the idea of a real tree. i think if you don't get it early - ie, just after thanksgiving - it's a bit pointless. as we travelled just before christmas, i decided on a fake tree. but now i knew i was going to pay a premium for a tree that would be on markdown a week later. so i decided to just go with the little tree that is actually for the kids room! they loved it and ultimately they are who it's for, even though i was highly embarrassed anytime someone came round & felt the need to explain. why do i care so much?! i rushed into pottery barn on christmas eve and picked up some more decorations on sale - i love a bargain & this was my annual tradition at john lewis with morayo-hope. i miss john lewis!
christmas day itself was fun! we had kola's brother busoye, and my cousin tafara staying with us! i always have this plan that gifts will be opened gradually through the day but they are always opened within 30 minutes of people waking up. both kids were ecstatic at what they got, and i was dumbfounded when i opened a spa day voucher from kola. i wasn't expecting anything as we mostly make it about the kids. our neighbours invited us for a ghanaian christmas feast, so we sauntered across in the afternoon and we ate till our bellies nearly popped! we had the best time eating and dancing. this was the first christmas in a long time where i didn't cook and it was just so nice!
unfortunately here in the US boxing day isn't a holiday so Kola was back to work the next day and normalcy resumed. that was the toughest thing to get my head around. we were so spoilt in the UK. sigh! hope you had a lovely christmas day!
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