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12/13/12

Early Christmas - Aloha / TQT

This has been a weird few weeks. Too busy, too uncertain, almost too overwhelming.

Have you ever had to have an early Christmas? 
Do you have a significant other/loved one who works away from home for long periods? 
Or what's one thing on your wish list?

My husband is in demand. It would be nice if money came with that demand, however we must be thankful for having a job and being able to live and pay bills and all that.

He had to leave for work on December 5. I thought it was going to be December 11. I had plans to make a nice dinner on the 9th, put the tree up and put presents under it so the kids could have Christmas with their dad.

Then they wanted him to come at the first possible moment. So everything went to rush. I put the tree up on the 3rd, the kids helped decorated it before and after school. They specifically warned me not to decorate it while they were at school :)

I rushed to the store on the 4th (he was arriving home from training on the 4th and leaving on the 5th) to get something from the kids list. I was trying out the Three Kings Gift Method. It's actually pretty cool and will work for our family with our budget. I'll write about that later.

On the night of the 4th, we had dinner and Christmas. I was worried about having to dip into my budget for the kid's other gifts, but I managed to get them all that they'd be getting this Christmas, not everything on their list, but it's more than most will have.

I sometimes feel bad that I can't get them what I'd love to get them, but I remind myself of what's important.

We spent family time reading, praying, and then opening gifts.

It was hard hiding things for the surprise. I kept balking at kids to go do something else and stop following me around when I returned from the store.

D - 7 years old, received a transformer toy. That was one of the things on his list. He also received a pair of pajamas. He has outgrown all the ones he has. I should make a trip to a thrift store. And he has an exciting pajamas party to attend at our church this week.

V - 5 years old, received a dress up kit, also on her list. I was happy to find it for her because I had no idea to what she was referring. She also got her beautiful dress. She is dying to wear it!! I keep asking her to wait for Christmas service :) Not sure how that is going.


The kids were very excited that they got what they wanted. They didn't seem to care that it was only two gifts. I'm so glad we could do this for them and even though it was early, we still got to spend the time together as a family.

They do not know that I've withhold some things for them on Christmas day. D still has not received his jacket from Children's place and I had a doll from last year that I will re-gift to V and they both get a game cartridge for the Leapfrog explorer that they share.

They will be excited. Mama has to think ahead right? :)

Have you ever had to have an early Christmas? 
Do you have a significant other/loved one who works away from home for long periods? 
Or what's one thing on your wish list?



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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balance the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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17 comments :

  1. I'm glad you were able to enjoy a Christmas all together even if it was early. Very clever of you to hold a couple things back too.

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    1. The things we do for little ones eh :)

      Thank you.

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  2. An early Christmas is better than none at all. As long as everyone is together that's what matters.

    It used to be me that was always on the road and gone for days at a time. My job kept me away from home a lot. I'm not working now and hubby is gone only once in awhile and then usually just overnight for his work.

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    1. I'm glad you have everyone close now. Sometimes it's sad to have a love one away.

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  3. Merry Christmas. :) I am glad, Colette, that you could celebrate Christmas even if it was way early. I guess we sometimes just have to wish for a 'someday' have it like the calendar and book say. When I was in the service it was that way, NASA too when we were having a mission. And like you said, he does have a job.

    We are celebrating here the day before this year so that our daughter from London and her family can celebrate the day after with the SIL's family.

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    1. Thank you for sharing Jim. I love hearing your stories so I can see how others live at times.

      Glad you have your family close to celebrate with.

      have a festive weekend!

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  4. I agree that early is better than none. Sometimes family has to split up time to fit everyone in.

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  5. SO used to travel a lot in the beginning, but now he has been home for long periods. I think I have had to compromise on Christmas for many years for my children, because of the inlaw's family. It isn't as early as yours though. V- is the same age as my T. She is precious, I love that dress too. I am looking for a holiday outfit, something not black, as my wardrobe is drab and plain. How will you feel when Christmas day comes? Will it be hard to not have your hubby around? Take care, Amanda

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    1. Ahh the inlaws :)
      We try to get along with family, for freeing and love sake, but sometimes it's hard.

      I would love an outfit too for my wardrobe but definitely nothing black. SEems I have too many dark colors! But maybe sometime.

      I'm not sure how I'll feel when Christmas comes. I think with the kids, I'll be fine. I'm usually a loner and I can make myself happy/and joy from the Lord, so I think it will be just fine.

      But right now (around the season) I get a bit melancholy. I'm not use to having to celebrate as I never did as a child, so that will make it just a bit different.

      But now I try for my kids.

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  6. Nope can't say we ever had it early, late yes, never early. I don't like that my children was spending an hour or two here & having to rush off to the in-laws for the same. I much rather having my children for the whole day! So we always have it on the weekend after, but the always call me on the day of. I'm perfectly satisfied with that & so are they. Being as there was never a father involved way back when I was chief cook & bottle washer & supporter. You really pulled it together! I'm sure the kids & hubby was appreciative & now the kids get to have two Christmases, right? HAPPY HOLIDAYS LUVIE!

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    1. It's hard when you have to share the family. But we make it do eh.

      And so true about their two Christmases. So much always to be thankful for! If they only know.

      Happy holidays Doll!

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  7. We've celebrated Christmas late (in July) with friends who moved to Louisiana, but we've never had to do the early Christmas to make sure our immediate family was all together - the hubby works locally and never travels... I'm so glad you were able to pull together a wonderful quickie Christmas before your hubby had to leave - and I love that you withheld some stuff for Christmas morning...that's the way I would have done it. ;) Have a great weekend, Callie - I have a link up for us stray Aloha Friday people... ;)


    Once Upon a Christmas Past...

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    1. Thank you Stacy.

      I was thinking of that too.

      Have a festive weekend! I'm sure you'll be hiding out trying to wrap presents :)

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  8. I agree, Christmas is just another day out of the 365 days in a year. What makes it special is the people who you're surrounded by and the FEELING of the holidays, so whether it was a week early or a week late, the most important thing is you got to spend it the way you wanted; with all your family together, safe and happy :)

    It looks like you had a lovely Christmas despite the rush!

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  9. We did not get to celebrate Christmas with Marc for Broxtons first... since he was deployed... we gave him his gifts later... although we were able to Skype for a minute;)
    I agree, it is the people you are with.. not the gifts...

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  10. We have celebrated early and late... as long as we can all be together that is what matters :)

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  11. yes we have several times and I believe that whatever day we celebrate we always have an awesome time
    Merry Christmas

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