Monday, January 8, 2018

Our Christmas celebrations

(Our Christmas card - by Artifact Uprising)

We had a really lovely Christmas this year. It was sweet and simple, just the way Christmas should be. To be honest, we are going to be moving to our new place soon and I wanted to keep the gifts minimal because I'm stressed out already thinking about all the packing that we're going to have to do! We also had a very busy Indian festival season in the Fall, which seemed to go on...and on...and on.

(Maya setting up our Christmas tree)

This year, we set up our tree in mid-December, a little later than normal. Finding the time has been really hard with our very active Veda! Especially since she gets into everything that she's not supposed to! We were also stumped at what to do for a tree, since I knew Veda would tear it down in 0.00001 seconds. I saw these miniature real pine trees at Whole Foods that already had a stand, so we decided to buy one of those and put it on top of our hutch, so that Veda couldn't reach it. Maya decorated the tree, which didn't need much because it was so little. This year, we did more decorations around the house instead - high out of Veda's reach. I hung Christmas lights around our living room and Maya made a snowflake craft banner. Of course, as soon as we did this, Veda taught herself how to climb on the couch to reach the Christmas tree! So, someone had to be sitting in the corner of the couch at all times in the living room - either my mother-in-law or me! Needless to say, we were quite figuratively couch potatoes for the month of December!

Maya finished school right before Christmas, so it seemed like we didn't have time to do much. But, we did do our tradition of baking sugar cookies on Christmas Eve. It took the whole day - in two portions - before Veda's nap and after her nap! Before Veda's nap, we did the mixing, cutting and baking. After her nap, Maya did the decorating. It was a really fun activity to do together, and of course Maya left out a cookie for Santa that she made.

Christmas Day started at 4:30 in the morning! Maya was so excited for Santa to come that she was up so early, and insisted to sleep in the living room with my in-law's (under the Christmas tree) so that she wouldn't miss Santa. Maya then woke up for the day at 6am, followed by Veda, so we were opening gifts while it was still dark out! Crazy.

Veda was very entertained by her first Christmas. We gave her lots of baby books, which she was very happy with. Maya spent the day playing with her new toys. We also watched Home Alone & Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, which Maya loved. I can't believe she's old enough to watch Home Alone!

In the evening, we got all dressed up and headed to my aunt's place for Christmas dinner, which only lasted an hour because the kids were so exhausted!

Shortly after Christmas, Veda started walking! We were all shocked! It was a few days before her 11 month birthday - just like big sister Maya who started walking at 11 months. It's hard to believe that last year, at this time, I had a baby in my belly...and this year I have a baby who's walking!


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  1. I love your lip color! Belated holiday greetings to you and your family!

  2. Alex

    Happy New Year to you and all family!! Veda has grown so much, so adorable. Maya has grown a lot too. Cute picture of cutting sugar cookies. So adorable! Loved the little pine tree you picked, very appropriate. Loved your mother in law playing with kids and sitting on end of couch. Veda likes shiney things!🌞
    Good to know you are moving to new home. Bless all of you.



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