Another Christmas has come and gone. Christmas is so fun leading up to it but then it comes and goes all too quickly! This Christmas was special as always. I spent time with lots of family, ate some delicious food, and had fun watching everyone open presents.
On Christmas eve, our family got new pajamas and some candy and popcorn for a fun Christmas eve movie night. All of us did not make it through the whole movie as we were exhausted from such a long, fun day! We had been playing games and then went to Church together to remind everyone of why we celebrate Christmas. The next morning Aiden was up at 3 am ready for santa. We ended up opening presents at about 5 or 6 am that morning!
My time spent with family is much more appreciated now that it isn’t often that I see them. It was such a good time to be back and with all of the family. Everyone is living such fast paced and busy lives now between work and their own little families and lives. This makes the time all spent together that much more special. Below are a couple of pictures of Bree and I being silly over break. She is so my little mini me complete with sass and all. I have even been asked if we are sisters a time or two!
We were also able to go up North to see family we only see about once or twice a year. We were able to meet our newest cousin baby Connor. This Christmas was enjoyed by watching football, sharing delicious food, and playing the dice game, a Dufresne tradition. A funny moment from the dice game included one of our youngest cousins Brady crying hysterically when someone stole his mom’s present during the dice game. He apparently does not like the idea of stealing gifts. That is not the game for him at his age! The ride to and from was also one of the highlights of the day as I was able to spend time with my aunt Kerri, Derek, and Hallie. Hallie and I, of course, took goofy Olaf pictures. Would you expect anything less from the two of us?
Along with just laughing at one another and with one another, we did have time to bond over some delicious food. As a future FOODS teacher I am always thinking of how fun it would be to cook certain foods in my classes. There is no doubt that I will have a holiday section as part of my curriculum in those classes. I feel like it is important to learn how to cook traditional holiday foods. I know that I wish I would have learned and payed more attention to that when I took foods class my senior year.
Presents are not the main reason for Christmas but it is still fun to receive and even more fun to give them. It was fun to get to see everyone open their gifts. This years top gift moments were watching mom and Aiden open their gifts. One of Aiden’s gifts from grandma was his new tablet. He is very into technology and it was great seeing his face light up and eyes get big when I opened it. Another fun one to watch was the new vivofit I had gotten mom. She opened it and goes, “is it real?” What a goofball. I am also very thankful for what I have gotten for Christmas. I am the type who gets upset when people spend money on me and get me stuff so I don’t always come off as thankful but I hope everyone knows that I truly am! I even got a very sweet Christmas card from a random 4-Her in Iowa. It was so nice of him to send Christmas cards to us board members on the foundation.
Today I spent the day shopping with Jayla and Hallie.(I know, brave huh?) While shopping we went to Victoria’s Secret for their semi annual sale. I used some money from gifts to buy these new sweatshirts. It was fun to be able to spend some time with my sisters while also using up Christmas gift cards and money! I am so blessed to have two sisters who will make me laugh and go on shopping adventures with me.
Overall this was one of the best Christmases I have had yet. As you get older, the magic of Christmas seems to fade but the true meaning starts to become more clear. I see Christmas and the holiday season as a time to grow closer and make memories with your family. This Christmas we did exactly that.