Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

Oh how I wish I was settling in for a long winter’s nap. I’ve always loved the visual and the feeling I get when reading this. It makes me feel so content, cuddly and warm. I can appreciate it so much more now that I live up north in the cold weather. Now that I think about it, how could I have even imagined that feeling living in Florida?

I do feel like I am settling into Christmas this year though. More than I thought I would. We have presents under the tree. Not much, but they are there. We’ve been hoarding small presents from friends and family sent in the mail, and putting them under the tree to save until Christmas morning. I’ve gotten Ryan a few things, a couple fun, and a couple of things he just needs. Sarah and her parents had me over to make cookies on Monday night. Was so nice to be with a family, even if it wasn’t mine. It was so sweet of them to have me over. Ryan and Izzie joined us later, and then we were off to watch the last Heros of the year with Ryan and Jen. We got the tour of their new bar and gigantic bean bag chair, and enjoyed their Christmas Tree and decorations.

I’ve been working a lot – from 8am – 11pm yesterday, and have been feeling really exhausted and irritable. I imagine I’ll be working a lot in the next 2 weeks, but plan to slow down after the new year by eliminating week night shifts. I’m glad to be heading away to be with Ryan’s family before Christmas. We’re looking forward to Christmas dinner at our house, and possibly a midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

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