That was my great big sigh of relief that Christmas is over.
I used to find the 27th a bit of a depressing day. Presents were all opened, gatherings were usually done, most of the yummy food had been eaten. There was nothing much to look forward to anymore. I have to say, though, this year I've changed my perspective. I love the 27th - the Christmas craziness is done, and now we can just relax. Carey is home for a few days, so this is what I've really been looking forward to. A few days together as a family, with nothing to do, nowhere to be. There's finally time to play with the new toys (I always hated it as a kid that we would get all these new toys for Christmas, and then be rushed out the door to a gathering or something, and we couldn't play with them). There's time to be lazy in the morning, or maybe take a nap in the afternoon. We can enjoy a few leftover Christmas treats without feeling the need to gorge ourselves with food. We can get the kids to bed at a reasonable time.
I need to find a way to "do" Christmas a bit differently, but I'm not sure how. This year was so crazy and hectic that I was sick a few days before Christmas (turns out "exhaustion" is actually a real thing, and not just a sickness that celebrities invent to cover up eating disorders/addictions!), Annika was a bit sick on Christmas day, and now both the kids are not feeling 100% today (coughing, a touch of fever). I have no doubt that 4 days of being out and about has contributed to that. However, as much as I dislike how crazy busy Christmas is, I don't want to miss out on anything! Christmas is often the only time that we get to see certain extended family members, so it would be a shame to miss those gatherings. I guess we'll see what next year, and the coming years, bring. Perhaps things will change. Perhaps we can find a way to celebrate Christmas that doesn't leave me sighing in relief once it's all over.
(By the way, I don't mean to sound like a Scrooge, or that I didn't enjoy Christmas at all - it was just a difficult time for me this year. However, there were some great moments, and some great photos that I'll try to share in the next few days.)