I knew this day would come eventually -- but I am still sad.
Sounds like for the first time in 10-12 years I will not have all my children under one roof on Christmas. For years, we always have all the kids home at Christmas -- we have a bunch of traditions and things we do every Christmas eve, the girls always sleep in the same room Christmas eve and wake up together Christmas morning. The elf comes at night, we open presents, have waffles and hashbrown casserole --we have this planned down to the T.
But they are all older now and off with lives of their own. In the last week, two of my girls (Tiff and Age) told me that since they are with our family for on Thanksgiving, they will be with His families for Christmas morning. Age and Jon will come over in the afternoon on Christmas for Christmas dinner but they will sleep over at his parents house. And Tiff, well she just wont be able to come home So I don't know then what Ash will do.
I did know this would eventually happen. And it is okay for a couple of reasons -- this year because we won't be settled in and maybe even still moving -- and it also give me more freedom to start (or restart) some traditions with Zayden -- the older two girls aren't religious so we stopped doing Christmas eve service (though we did last year) and then as they got bigger, we stopped some of the other more little kid traditions that I can pick back up.
But it still makes me sad to realize last year was probably one of the last years ALL the kids were home for Christmas. And Z won't have his sisters there to wake up with on Christmas morn.