Christmas is just 2 1/2 days away now and you probably still have lots to do. Here's hoping that you were able to find everything you were looking for when shopping this year. I'm guessing that you are pretty well finished with your preparations outside of wrapping, preparing holiday treats, and, perhaps, final decorations.
These last two days have always been a time of considerable activity in my family. Usually we were busy making fudge.cotton balls, and (of course) potica, which is our family holiday bread. Usually we waited until Christmas Eve to put up and decorate the Christmas tree. before trotting off to Midnight Mass.
TImes change and yet, I generally keep family traditions fairly consistent. This year, it's a bit easier because Christmas Eve falls on a Saturday, which is normally not a workday. I'll make a limited number of treats since my children are now grown and we're all watching our weight. Everything's ready for the grand making of the potica. It just wouldn't be Christmas without that. We've been planning for weeks to enjoy posole for Christmas dinner so that will be done ahead of time, too. In the interest of saving a tree, we've decided to decorate with branches from our holly bush and pine cones.
I'm looking forward to a stress-free holiday at home with my daughter. I hope you will enjoy your last minute preparations. And I hope that you've remembered to schedule some "time for me" amidst the hustle bustle of these next two days. When all is said and done, it's not how perfect everything is – but how perfectly you enjoy the spirit of the season.
Enjoy the holiday. Whatever you do to celebrate, make this year's Christmas you'll be proud to put in your memory book.