10. If you forget your camera or you’re in-law’s presents, your husband will not let you drive an hour each way to go back and get them.
9. I have a weakness for homemade Almond Roca. And homemade fudge. Also, sugar cookies with lots of frosting. And maybe even chocolate chip cookies, mint M& Ms and dark chocolate truffles. And possibly red and green Reeses pieces. Oh yeah, and Ghirardelli chocolate, any flavor.
8. Yes, you CAN gain 10 pounds in one week.
7. If you and your husband decide not to get each other anything for Christmas, you WILL change your mind, and that just makes the last-minute shopping all the more difficult.
6. It is best to tell your husband what you really expect for Christmas. I told my husband I wanted something “meaningful” and he really came through!
5. I get more excited about Christmas morning than my kids do. I woke up 5 times on Christmas Eve, and at 7 am we finally woke THEM up.
4. You will never, no matter how hard you try, ever, under any circumstances, be able to stay within your Christmas budget.
3. If you aren’t having fun, don’t do it. Life (not to mention the Christmas season) is too short to stress out about getting everything done.
2. I really, really, really love spending time with family. Also, if cousins are involved, your kids will not go to bed until after 11 pm. Even without a nap. 5 days in a row.
And the #1 thing I learned this Christmas is:
There is nothing sweeter than hearing 20 kids sing about the birth of the Savior.