Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Schwartz's vs Schwartzmas 2014

All I can really think of to say right now is: Thank Goodness for Schwartzmas this year.

The elusive Schwartendeer

I operated on basically no Christmas spirit this year.  I didn't decorate the house.  We didn't buy a tree.  Most of our gifts were bought ahead of time this year, and we only got the kids 3 things each, so there was no rush of joy and adrenaline as you pick up massive amounts of gifts giddy over the thought of watching them open their presents.  We thought it would make our Christmas less stressful especially because the kids are young and we were traveling, but when all was said and done, it actually made me a little sad.  I don't think we'll be doing that again next year.  

As much as I was so glad that my brother invited us all for Christmas this year, the fact is, I miss my parents.  I miss the noise and the laughter that comes with all of us being together.  I miss the constant  that my family is in my life.  And this year, too much was in flux with the Smith's for me to find the comfort and joy that being together usually gives me.  

So I truly think this year, Schwartzmas was one of those defining moments in my Schwartzhood where I not only accepted my dual-citizenship, but really appreciated more than words can do it full justice.  Because in Schwartzmas this year I found that comfort and joy.  The loud laughter and noise that comes in a house full of family.  Schwartzmas this year was as good as any Florida Christmas ever could be.  And that was probably the best Christmas gift I got, and it was so needed.

Traditional Evening Movie

Cousin Sleep Over

Adult game time after the kids are in bed.

Then in the morning we had breakfast first before we opened presents which gave Cody time to wake up and be happy so we actually have smiling Cody opening presents. 








As always, the grandparents spoiled us and the kids rotten.  Everyone had a great time.  We spent the rest of the day watching movies, playing games, the kids playing with their new toys, and eating.  




After 24 hours of Schwartz time, everyone heads home happy, but also pretty exhausted. 




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