Ho… Ho… Holidays!

present and lightsMerry Christmas!

I woke up this early morning at 4am just like I would every year on Christmas as a little girl. My baby brother and I would wake the other up and then sit on the couch… with the glow of the tree lights illuminating the room… looking in amazement at all the presents… whispering to each other our guesses of what was inside the pretty wrapping… because it was too early to wake our parents so we could open them!!!


Once it reached a decent hour of 5:30 or 6am (LOL!) we were allowed to grab our stockings and run into wake Mom and Dad. Within an instant of bolting into their room and settling in the center of their big bed, the two of us were rummaging through our tiny gifts, wrapping paper flying all over the room, while our parents watched sleepily, sipping their coffee. I can’t wait to carry on the “opening stockings in Mommy and Daddy’s bed” tradition with my family one day. I truly cherish little family moments like these!!

Later this afternoon, I will be on the road to my Mom’s house to celebrate. No matter what age I am, when I walk into her house I feel instantly wrapped in love. It is like when you slip into your most comfy pj’s – it just fits and damn it is comforting. Even though it is not the house I grew up in, simply walking through the door releases sooooo much stress, worry, tension, and all that day-to-day CRAP of life!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, it feels simply wonderful.

CROSSThis holiday I am looking forward to my favorite pair of pajamas!!  So whether you will be at your parent’s house, staying at your house, or even making the journey to Great Aunt Edna’s house… wishing everyone as much happiness and joy as I feel when I go home! That should keep you warm and last you ALL WINTER LONG **smile**

© Renae Rossman and Candy Coated Reality™

19 thoughts on “Ho… Ho… Holidays!

  1. The moments we take with us as we become adults define who we are, where we will go and the joy we give to our children. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  2. Yes, those were the days. Carefree, with all the benefits of life brought to you and (proportionately speaking) few of the burdens. Christmas mornings were absolutely magical. I share your dream of one day having a family to bless with the joy of Christmas morning. It will be just as fun from an engineer’s perspective, I believe. I’m getting a little long in the the tooth, but a family of my own isn’t an impossibility. 🙂 Blessings of Christmas to you and yours.

  3. I’m the exact same way on Christmas. I always hardly sleep Christmas Eve and wait impatiently with my Aunt for the “decent” hour we can go pester my grandparents to eat breakfast and open presents. 😀 I feel the exact same way about my family…although it was totally my grandparents house and recently they moved closer to us, so it’s not exactly the same…but still being around my family wraps me in this wonderful and amazing love.

    Merry Christmas!

  4. I know you have TONS of followers, but I had to mention you in this—-

    Thanks to allurzdesign.wordpress.com for my AWARD nomination. GEEEEZ! It took me forever to continue the award going…So sorry! But here goes…


    The Liebster Award is an award for blogs with less than 200 followers. The Liebster award was originated in Germany and quickly spread out. Liebster means favorite or dearest. You can be nominated by a blogger that thinks you blog is good and useful. I think this is a supercool award!

    Post eleven fun facts about yourself
    Answer the questions from the blogger that nominated you and make eleven questions for the bloggers you’re going to nominate.
    Nominate eleven bloggers and link them in your post. You can’t tag back!
    Let them know on their blog.

    Eleven facts about me:
    I love God.
    I believe in Jesus.
    I love my husband (he’s so hot!).
    I am a mom.
    I am a teacher.
    I love art.
    Painting is my favorite thing to do.
    I do not eat donuts.
    Clouds are amazing to me.
    I blog to get things out sometimes.

    The questions I was asked by the person who nominated me:

    Do you have any phobias? Not that I know of???
    Do you suffer from OCD? Only when it comes to hygiene.
    Your biggest lessons so far? Don’t tell God you have plans! –duhh!
    If you won a million dollars, what would you do with it? Take care of a lot of people. Further the Kingdom of GOD
    What do you do for fun? ART
    Are you a morning or night person? BOTH
    Can you define love in your own way? being UNSELFISH
    If one song were to describe your life, what song would it be? MY WISH by Rascal Flatts
    What are the three most important things in your life? God, Family and Friends
    Have you ever fired a gun? Yep
    If you were stuck on an island and could take one thing what would it be? BIBLE

    MY NOMINATIONS: (I only have ten! Ug! Sorry again!)

    My Boss http://scotwright.wordpress.com/ (PLEASE GO FOLLOW HIS BLOG!)
    The Fifth Sparrow http://thefifthsparrow.wordpress.com/ (sweet blog)
    Candy Coated Reality https://candycoatedreality.com/ (has over 1000 followers but had to list it: LOVE IT!)
    Parenting Tips http://waynejacobs.wordpress.com/ (I’m sure has more than 200 followers but HAD to include this one.)
    The Christ Centered Shepherd http://christcenteredshepherd.wordpress.com/ (nice!)
    MAZE A DAY http://mazeaday.wordpress.com/ (not sure if they have more than 200 followers??)
    Northern Art Teacher http://northernartteacher.wordpress.com/ ( ART!!! )
    Jesus is my Joy http://jesusmyjoy.wordpress.com/ (simply said)
    Year 27 http://www.year27.com (AWESOME MISSION PROJECT)
    Life Through My Lens http://relatedwordsforhappy.wordpress.com/ (neat ideas!)

    ELEVEN questions to my nominations:

    Why do you blog?
    How did you start blogging?
    What did your favorite teacher do to become that for you?
    What is your best subject?
    What is your NO BRAINER activity?
    Do you chill to music more than once a week?
    What’s the last thing you created?
    Define PEACE in your own words.
    What is your favorite season?
    Coffee or Tea?
    Do you chew gum?

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