For us, winter break began the day before Christmas. It made for a hectic week before the holiday, a feeling I did not like. The week after Christmas was crazy, too. Too many social obligations, a frantic overnight getaway with too much cleaning and cooking, followed by my annual “get Christmas the hell out of my house” decoration take down.
There was a big fat silver lining. The first week of 2012 has been pure family bliss. I made a conscious effort to avoid structure. All we did was play. We spent hours playing Monopoly, Go Fish, Goblets and Operation. We read aloud 300+ pages of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. We doodled, painted and scribbled. We made multiple trips to the book store and built lots of Legos (freestyle – no instructions). I even let the kids bag our groceries (I’m sure the lady behind us was thrilled). No one told us where we had to be and when. No one told us our art was not right or our rooms were messy. We just played and laughed and snuggled.
It was a glorious week.
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