Well, I didn't get it all done - not even close.
And I didn't freak out. Not even once.
What I did do was enjoy Christmas. And the time with family.
What I didn't mention before was that this Christmas was going to be different.
I didn't mention it because I had already freaked out about it (sorry 'bout that honey).
Not so much freaked out from stress, but from hurt.
I don't want to go into many details about that side of it, because on this side of it is something so far from hurt I can barely put it to words.
On this side of it is a girl who spent Christmas Eve with The Man and part of my in-laws - 2 SILs and my MIL and FIL.
On this side of it is a girl whose heart is full of love and family.
On this side of it is a hurt that was healed by those who didn't do anything to cause it.
I've always thought I 'hit the jackpot' where in-laws are concerned.
Now I know, this amazing extended family is another gift from God. A gift I'm not sure I deserve, but I sure am grateful to have.
The spirit of Christmas was truly in my heart this year - never before has it been so evident.
**Updated (at 10:56pm) to add:
You are all making such sweet comments, but I'm realizing the focus was more on the sad than the happy and my intent was to be on the happy. I am quite all right and actually very happy with how everything turned out. Would I have changed the way it went down, maybe, but maybe not because if I had, who knows if it would have ended up so well!