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Christmas!

Hello all, this is my very first post but I had to make sure it was about something AWESOME, and what better than Christmas right? Our daughter Kimberly is about to turn 3 in just 2 months and this has been the first year she actually understood what Christmas and Santa were all about. She did get a little scared of Santa but was sure he was watching and was very excited when she opened up all her Christmas presents.

Our Christmas celebration basically runs between 4 households. Our little family’s, my dad’s, my mom’s and my stepdad, and my in-laws. We started by going to visit my mom and my stepdad over in Sparta, NC. And as always it is a magical time. My daughter had a great time decorating their tree and having a NC Christmas experience over in the mountains.

When we got back home, we went to get our Christmas tree and she also had a great time decorating ours, looking at all the ornaments that were just for her made her so happy, and we also set up lights and a little tree in her bedroom.

On Christmas eve we had a small dinner over at my aunt’s apartment which is also in the same building as my dad and it was a great time to celebrate a little with my family. Then.. we headed to my in laws.

I am Peruvian, and as a Hispanic woman I have always celebrated Christmas at 12 o’clock on Christmas eve. But this year things were different. My husband and I went over to my in laws and had a great time celebrating Christmas in what I like to call “the American way”. We hid the presents from our daughter and my father in law took the time to put them all under the tree, our girl was definitely surprised and so excited about everything she saw and everything she got, I am so happy and thankful she got more clothes than toys, because our house is starting to look like a mini version of Toy’s R Us.

It really turned out to be one of the best days we’ve had this year as a family, my husband’s aunt Donna and my sister in law Karen were also there, my dad and my sister Karla also joined in the celebration, it really was a great time, and I’m sure my in laws Chuck and Diane had a great time too.

I always say that I am grateful for the things I have, but the truth is, I am beyond thankful and blessed, knowing I have such loving family around me and around my daughter. Knowing she has such great people around her is the best gift I can ask for.