After a day off from work, I think I'm almost back to my normal self! I was happy to sit down whenever I wanted to, but I definitely missed that Guest interaction and getting to know my fellow Cast Members. I'm really loving my new job, but it's important to have a break once in a while.
So anyway, my siblings are officially on winter break, although it seems ridiculously early compared to when breaks started in New York. I can't believe that they have the entire week before Christmas off! I mean, they're going to end up being insanely bored with so much time off from school, and I really don't understand the reasoning behind giving kids a break leading up to Christmas. Doesn't the school know that parents have last minute preparations to take care of?
Well, even if it is a bit crazy that winter break has already started, I was glad that I was home this afternoon to see the excitement that comes with the start of a school break. I was also happy to be home for bedtimes this evening, and I made sure to get in some extra hugs before my little sisters went to sleep. It was so cute to watch them stop on their way into the bedroom to change their Christmas Countdowns and count how many days were left until the big day. With just a week left until Christmas, excitement is in the air and my siblings are all looking forward to Santa's arrival.
Speaking of Santa's arrival, it was a good thing that my mom and I had the chance to talk while the kids were at school and touch base on a few things, because Santa's elves had a few problems to fix before the holiday. Plus, I can't believe how much my mom has already taken care of for Christmas, and there's still more to do. I know that there's some stuff that my mom needs my help on, which is going to be pretty tricky to take care of quietly while the kids are asleep at night. I already know that I'm going to be working on Christmas Eve, and the two days before, as well, which means that I have to help my mom with as much as I can over the next few days before I'm not here again. I have barely helped with anything this year, and I definitely need to make up for that. Although, on Monday we accomplished a lot, so I have helped some, just not as much as in past years.
While I won't be home for our Christmas Eve traditions for the first time in my life, I'm glad that I'll be spending my time away from home at Disney making other people feel happy for the holiday. I know that as I get older, I may not always be able to be with my family for every important day throughout the year, so I think this is kind of like the first step in growing up a bit. I'm definitely thrilled that I don't have work on Christmas, but Christmas Eve is always a special night in our house as well. I won't be home to help my siblings track Santa's sleigh, or to read "'Twas The Night Before Christmas" with everyone before bed... and of course, there's always those *surprise* (wink, wink) presents that my mom gives us. Forget I even mentioned those though, and I'll give more details next week.
There's a lot going on over the next seven days, and it's going to be really hectic, but I believe I'm up for the challenge. I hope I'm up for the challenge anyway! I guess we'll see how the week pans out. I just hope that we have time to fit in my favorite Christmas movies this weekend before I go back to work. I know that I at least need to see "It's a Wonderful Life," "White Christmas," and "Elf" for it to truly be Christmas. We may have some other movies on the list that I'm forgetting about as well. If we could just make Saturday and Sunday 48 hours long each, that would be perfect. So much to do, and so little time.
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