10 things I plan to remember for next Christmas

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.

10 things I plan to remember for next Christmas was last modified: April 29th, 2018 by Audrey McClelland
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  1. So sorry one of your little guys was sick on Christmas. I, quite literally, speak to the nurse on call every single Christmas Eve. Without fail.

    My house is trashed, but the boys are having fun, and I guess, in the end, that’s what count right?

    Good luck with that red wine stain. EEKS!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

  2. My list only has one item: do not allow them to schedule your surgery two days before Christmas. Your Christmas will not be much fun!
    Hope eveyone is feeling better at your house.

  3. Definitely good things to remember. Live and learn! I’m sorry to hear about the fever – my family has a lot of experience with holiday illnesses, so I can relate. Number 7 struck me as so funny (although probably not to him!). And I hope the wine came out of the sweater!!

10 things I plan to remember for next Christmas was last modified: April 29th, 2018 by Audrey McClelland