Published on December 24, 2015

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Holy smokes, it’s Christmas Eve!  Santa’s coming, there’s so much to do! ~Buddy the Elf.  A minute ago it was August and I was telling Ryan I was pregnant.  Four months have flown by, and in less than four months, we will have two more babies in our family!  Wait, what?!  Twins?!?  We’ve now known for over two months we are expecting twins.  The shock is still there at times, especially when we think that this time next year we’ll be a family of 6!  Or that next year at this time the twins will be eight months old!  Our lives will be so much busier and different, all in a good way.  I’m so excited to meet our babies and learn their personalities.  At the same time I’m holding on a bit tighter to this holiday, as it’s our last Christmas just the four of us, and the first Christmas Tessa really “gets” it.  For example, this year she has taken a liking to our Advent Calendar.  Every morning, before she opens the little door to that day on the calendar, she exclaims, “What do you think it is, Mommy?  What do you think it is!?” while holding her hands together, face lit up, and jumping up and down.  The excitement of learning the unknown holiday related picture behind the door is just as exciting to her as the chocolate that comes with it.  It’s as much fun for me watching her as it is for her to open!  

I am fortunate that Ryan shares a love of Christmas, the true meaning of it and the fun aspect of Santa, Christmas decorating, movies, baking and giving gifts to our family.  I asked him today, “What’s your favorite part of Christmas?”  He said, “Either giving gifts, or looking at lights, or decorating, or watching Christmas movies.”  Safe to say that we’re on the same page! 

The kids with Santa.

Taylor and Tessa with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Tessa was more excited to see Santa this year.  She has never been the kid to have a crying meltdown, just gave a skeptical look and a refusal to sit on his lap.  I can’t really blame her.  This season she saw Santa three times.  Twice when asked what she wanted for Christmas, she said, “A doll for my daddy.”  This always gets a good laugh.  I had taken her shopping one Saturday and asked her what she wanted for Christmas.  She said a doll.  She continued talking about wanting yet another doll. “But I love them.  I love dolls!” She would plead.  Later during the same shopping trip I asked her what she wanted to get Daddy for Christmas.  She apparently thought this was an opportunity to campaign for the doll, and said he needed one, too.

Like many families, Taylor is blessed with extra people to love her and has many sides to her family.  She splits Christmas Eve and Christmas Day between her dad and her mom.  This year she will join us on Christmas Day through the Monday after Christmas.  We will spend this time celebrating at home opening gifts, eating too much, and watching Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story.  This weekend we will take a day trip to my parents, followed by a day at Ryan’s parents for our last two celebrations. 

To us, it really is the most wonderful time of the year!  My favorite family tradition is attending Christmas Eve services and then drinking hot chocolate while looking at lights, while listening to Christmas music.  Whatever your traditions, believes, and holiday plans, whether traveling near or far, I wish you safe travels.  From our growing family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas!

About the Author

Mindy WendtMindy Wendt is a mom of twin girls who were born in April 2016! She and her husband Ryan also have two daughters, Taylor (15) and Tessa (4).



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