The Christmas season has always been one of my favorite times of year, largely because it’s the time when we carve out time to spend with our extended family. With the exception of last year (baby lock down), George and I have paraded from one gathering to another, often within a day’s time in order to make several Christmases happen. George and I both recall a painful year when we stopped by THREE homes in a single day! While we enjoy all of our family togetherness, that was a bit much. Thankfully, our family has become more flexible with celebration dates and we spread our four Christmases over a week’s time. It was far more relaxing that way and we never felt rushed to leave one home to arrive at the next. Not to mention the fact, the notion of toting quadruplet toddlers to more than one place in a day is rather daunting.
#1 Saturday, December 21st
We kicked off our Four Christmas Extravaganza at our house with my parents, sister, and her boyfriend. Typically, we do this at my parent’s house. However, we changed venue so the adults could enjoy time together sans quads after 8:00 pm. Our plan worked seamlessly. When the quads were awake, we enjoyed non-stop gift opening-snack munching action. Sydney maintained her reputation for being a pepper belly when she begged for spicy queso and gobbled it up repeatedly. The other three seemed to be bottomless pits for all things sweet. Once the clock struck eight, the quaddlers drifted off to sleep as the rest of us leisurely opened gifts.
#2 Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve, George’s family joined us at our house. This time, we digressed from the usual Christmas dinner fare (e.g. ham, green bean casserole, rolls…) and served breakfast for dinner. George made Belgium waffles, bacon, and scrambled eggs while I served up fresh fruit with marshmallow dip and hash brown casserole. It may become our new family tradition because there were NO leftovers. This was a meal even the quadlets devoured.
#3 Christmas Day
On Christmas Day, we traveled to my parent’s house to be with my Dad’s family. The quadruplets seemed to steal the show and enjoyed spending time with their older cousins, especially the twins and their older sister. I was pleased the quads had a second opportunity to wear their Christmas outfits from Nisey and Grandpa.
#4 December 28th
We rounded up our Four Christmas Extravaganza at my Uncle Dale and Aunt Terri’s house with my mom’s family. There, we maintained our family tradition of a Tex Mex meal followed gift opening mayhem and a smorgasbord of family favorite desserts. I think we have a new favorite sweet treat that I’ll make next year- Chocolate Mint Bark. If you like Thin Mints, this is for you!
I must admit, celebrating Four Christmases is absolutely exhausting, and I believe we may still be in recovery. However, we feel fortunate to have so many relatives to visit. Time with them is precious and fleeting. How did you spend the holidays this year?