10 things I plan to remember for next Christmas
In NO particular order:
1. Never make cookies a week before Christmas. Half of them were gone by Christmas Eve… and I know exactly who ate them (me, myself and I).
2. Never make Portuguese Rice Pudding without a recipe. This year we honored my Nana (who passed away in August) by each bringing one of her dishes to Christmas Eve at my parents’ house. I made the Portuguese Rice Pudding. I was running out of time, so I just “improvised.” It turned out fine in the end… but it took me triple the time to make it without a recipe in front of me.
3. Which brings me to my 3rd point… never “wing” recipes for baked goods. Or anything for that matter.
4. Never wrap gifts for the boys. Not until they “know” the mystery of Santa. I’m still finding wrapping paper around this house… behind the toilet? Seriously? How did it get there?
5. Never leave a 2-year-old alone in a room with wrapped presents.
6. Red wine and white sweaters do not mix.
7. Never tell a 3-year-old that Santa may bring him diapers. Even if you are kidding.
8. Make sure the dishwasher is in proper working order.
9. Don’t tell the kids that the meat “Grandma Go Go” brought is really DEER. (My mother-in-law brought us tons of deer meat that the boys won’t eat.)
10. Make sure there is Children’s Tylenol/Motrin stocked in the house — just in case your boys come down with a 102 temperature on Christmas Day.