Christmas has always been a difficult time for me. I tend to be overly emotional about it and focus on the *what ifs*. The past few years we have made a point to go on vacation over the holidays. It's a chance to escape and make memories. We weren't able to do that this year. So instead of trying to force traditional Christmas on the kids, we opted to do our own thing.
Matt had to work Christmas Eve day, so the kids met him downtown after work. We walked over to the White House to see the National Christmas Tree. It was freezing cold and so windy, so it was a quick walk. Then we went to Founding Farmers - one of our favorite restaurants - for dinner. We had a great table by the window in the corner. Perfect spot for Waverly and Oliver loved all of the food.
Christmas morning was casual. I made breakfast and had a few up wrapped toys and books in a basket for the kids to discover. No wrapping paper or bows, no Santa or stockings. I used to get so depressed that Waverly & Oliver didn't show excitement for those things. This year I adapted to them. And it was so much easier. Lesson learned.