We had a wonderful Christmas.
I could post dozens of pictures of the gifts we gave and received and the food we cooked and ate.
We are blessed with great kids, each other, and a cozy home:
But like a lot of people my age, I do find myself thinking about how over the top Christmas can be, with young kids on overload, tight schedules, recipes that fail and food that has to be remade at the last minute.
And it occurred to me that we should take some cues from our pets about what's important at Christmas time.
1. Boxes are free and make great gifts:
2. Time with your "cousin" is the best present ever:
She's so awesome, you don't mind sharing your bones with her:
3. A nap under a small Christmas tree in a finished attic can be just the thing to relieve holiday stress:
4. That relative you really thought was awful isn't so bad when you relax with him in front of a fire on a rainy day:
So thank you to Doug, Alex and Ashleigh, Christine and Brian, Corey and Kristin, Jesse, and Martin and Jenn for all the great gifts, including new Fiestaware and accessories, heated gloves, a warm wool throw, a bird house (to help me think about Spring), a beautiful sweater and scarf, and gift cards for dinner, movies, and new running tights.
But the best part of Christmas for me was time with all of you.
On Christmas Eve:
Christmas afternoon and evening:
And Boxing Day (courtesy of our British friends):
And although this isn't a lesson from a pet, I have to add that sometimes the best gifts are the ones someone makes for you:
Happy New Year!