Being married to a fire fighter has it’s pros and cons just like everything does. One of the cons is the schedule. Sometimes my husband is on shift when it is a holiday. Recently, he has worked like almost every major holiday. This year he had to work on xmas eve and xmas day. Next year he will be working on xmas day. So what do you do? You celebrate early or later. This year we celebrated the day after Christmas on the 26th. Since I was on my own with the kiddos, I did our usual little traditions, minus opening gifts.
I try to make the holidays as special as possible with his schedule especially since the kids are still little. They don’t seem to mind at all. I think it bothers me more than it does them. They are very patient and understand daddy has to work so we do things a little differently from other people.
I put up my decorations (which isn’t much but gets the point across) to set the tone. I like to keep things cozy looking and not too all over the place color wise.
Our tree is a bit non-traditional. It is black instead of green or white and the ornaments basically reflect our personalities to the fullest.
For gifts, I always use different wrapping paper for each child. I let them pick which one they want and I use something else for relatives, friends, and hubby.
On our “xmas eve” we usually dig into the stockings and build a gingerbread house. I usually assemble it hours in advance per the instructions. I learned the hard way about trying to assemble it and decorate without letting it harden in the past. I pipe all the icing and I let them decorate it with the candy. This year, they wanted to make patterns with the colors and such so it wasn’t too tacky lol
I always make sure I take plenty of pictures and send them to papa bear when he has to miss out so that he feels like he was there as well.
Every year I buy them new pajamas and they get to open those. With Cameron and Cody’s size difference, this year was a little challenging finding ones that matched for them. I lucked up in Target in the boys section thanks to their Cat & Jack line. Although they were a little big everyone rolled them up and didn’t mind at all.
At last those 48 hours of hubby being on shift flew by and he was home so we could have our xmas on the 26th.
We all slept in because well it was a long night. The kids stayed up pretty late because they were excited and hubby ran a lot of calls. We got up around 11ish, I made breakfast, we ate and then we all dug into the gifts.
The mess was pretty massive once everyone was done. Me and hubby exchanged gifts while the kids were playing in their rooms. I had planned on cooking this amazing xmas dinner but I was pretty tired after everything was done. We ended up ordering pizza.
I did manage to attempt to get a pic of me and the kids by the tree before the living-room was destroyed. As usual, we took a million pics and they all were interesting looking.
In the end the kids and I had a great xmas and made some new memories together. Things were even better once we had daddy home to enjoy the holiday and spend some time together. Although I really hate his damn schedule sometimes, we wouldn’t be able to have the things we do and enjoy them without a little bit of sacrifice. We are still very thankful at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter what day you celebrate or how you celebrate as long as you are surrounded by the ones you love.