The holidays will look different for a lot of people this year.
This week, I will be having my company Christmas party via Zoom. I know...weird...but it is what it is.
Daniel may be having a company Christmas party...but maybe not.
The boys are now back to virtual school, so there won't be any Christmas parties or programs.
So why will our Christmas be so much different this year?
Because we will be home!
Instead of rushing home from work to change our clothes and rush off the next Christmas party or activity...we will be staying right here at home.
To be honest...decorating the Christmas trees is not always our favorite thing. The last couple of years it has taken us days to decorate because we do it little bits at a time when someone is home and has a spare moment. We still pick out our tree as a family...and at least one person is always gone while the decorating happens.
The kids are getting older and it gets harder and harder each year to keep the Christmas magic alive.
We spend Christmas day in the city with family, so we don't have a lot of motivation to put up three trees in our house. The boys just don't see the point since we aren't home to enjoy it.
So this year...
The Christmas party is at our house!
We are home all day...so we are going to deck the halls just for us.
And the plan is to make lots of Christmas cookies.
When they were little, Isaac and Walker always made Christmas cookies with Grandma...and then didn't want to have anything to do with baking when I wanted to make cookies.
Last year, I took a day off work and "made" the boys make some chocolate covered pretzels to give as gifts.
I quickly realized what a blessing it was that my toddlers didn't want to bake!
And I learned that cooking with teenagers is much like cooking with toddlers.
But we still had fun. This year...I am going to gather my patience...and we are going to do it again...whether they like it or not.
So this year...
We are staying cozy at home...using all the decorations...and soaking up the spirit of the season.
The smells of fresh baked cookies (because I have two teenagers that eat the entire time they are on Zoom school).
Christmas Spirit in the diffuser.
Christmas carols streaming on Spotify (because music makes teenagers study better...or so they say).
Christmas cards already in the mail.
Amazon deliveries arriving daily.
Christmas is not being cancelled here at the Wiley house...it is going to be a Christmas party every day!
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Hello! I am Heather... the city girl turned mom to manure loving country boys. My husband and I both grew up in the city, but spent weekends visiting grandparents in the country. We are first generation farmers who learn best by almost always doing things the hard way. I hope you enjoy following along with our adventures down on the farm.