So, when I got married, no one told me I married the real life version of Clark Griswold.
Okay, that’s a bit of an exageration. Jake doesn’t work for a food preservative company.
When we were first married we had no money. Well, no EXTRA money to do any sort of Christmas decoration shopping. We were bare bones on the decorations that Christmas. I remember feeling sad because all of the decorations on the tree were Jake’s from his childhood that his mom had given us. I missed mine (which I got the next year). I also missed my moms winter wonderland of a house at Christmas time. Seriously, when she decorates for Christmas, it’s gorgeous. I love it.
Jake and I went shopping at the Dollar Store and bought crafty stuff and crayons and glue and construction paper. We made a lot of our decorations. He made a “log cabin” out of popsicle sticks and painted it green and brown. He also made a tree he painted green. He had to work Christmas Eve so I spent our first Christmas Eve home alone all night. It was also my first away from my family. Oh how I cried. And then I was bored beyond belief so I made a TON of decorations and hung them all in our entryway so he’d see them when he got home the next morning….Christmas morning. We went on to have a pretty nice first Christmas together. We both agreed it was kind of boring, but nice. We missed our families.
This year we will be away from our families againg at Christmas for the first time in 4 years. The first time with the boys. I am more sad for the boys and for the grandparents than I am for myself. On one hand I’m looking forward to a day of not driving all over town visiting everyone we possibly can on BOTH sides of our family. And on the other hand I’m going to miss driving all over town visiting everyone we possible can on BOTH sides of our family. 😉 Okay really I won’t miss that at all but I will miss the familiar faces and the smells and the conversations and annual picture taking.
Even so, I’m still getting excited for Christmas. So is Jake. He has already measured our gutters for the Christmas lights and to make sure our ladder fits. He discovered we will need a new ladder to reach the peaks on the front of the house. We’ve already browsed the Christmas section at WalMart and salivated at all the lawn decorations. I see a few new additions in our future. Our living room already has the designated spot for the tree that will go up the day after Thanksgiving….maybe even the night of Thanksgiving. Even though Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, we like to get crackin on Christmas asap. 😆
We’ve already decided to do a little Christmas shopping with each payday so the blow isn’t so hard come December. We’ve already hit a glitch in this area as Jake HATES to do this. Don’t ask me why. It’s always an issue. A few days ago I was on the hunt for Christmas pajamas for the boys. Matching OF COURSE. Do you know that there are Christmas jams for $30 PER KID?! And $40-$50 for adults?! Insane. Luckily, at Walmart the other night, I found EXACTLY what I was wanting. EXACTLY. For less than $10 per kid. How sweet is that? I am so excited. They are going to look so stinkin cute. And I’m contemplating embroidering their names on the front. Just in case we ever forget who they are. 😆