This time of year is when I start to get grand plans in my head about what the Christmas season is going to look like. It is easy to do.... after all Christmas is 5 months away which allows me the time to fantasize in my head. I want to keep myself grounded on expectations vs. reality. Though the reality may seem pretty bleak, it is my reality at the moment and I just love every minute of it. Here is my list...enjoy and share yours Expectation - Sitting on the couch, wearing comfy flannel PJ's from LL Bean and fuzzy socks, drinking creamy hot chocolate, watching a Christmas movie on TV with the family while prestine white snow falls outside. Reality - Folding laundry on the couch , wearing DH's old t-shirt, drinking coffee, watching football with DH and DD is on her phone in her bedroom while it rains outside and the dogs bring in muddy paws. Expectation - Having a beautiful family dinner, complete with a juicy turkey, homemade sweets, a formal placesetting, beautiful table scape with fresh greens, pine cones with a touch of glitter, votive candles, and DD saying grace and reading the Gospel from the book of Luke Reality - Having a family dinner where my mother has completely stressed me out and my MIL has already had one glass of wine too many, complete with an overcooked turkey, a pie from the grocery store, chinet, and a poinsettia in the middle of the table that DH keeps moving because it is in his way and my DD rolling her eyes when I beg her to say grace. Expectation - Re-enacting a beautiful live nativity scene with all of the children from Sunday School, all of them in hand crafted costumes and the parents singing in a choir in the background Reality - Re-enacting a beautiful live nativity scene with all of the children from Sunday School, except for those that got sick or had a school function, or forgot about it, most of them in ill fitted, hand me down costumes with a Cabbage Patch doll for baby Jesus that baby sister used permanent marker on for make up, and the parents looking at their watch or taking children to the bathroom or doing anything other than singing. Expectation - With all my shopping done, going to the mall with DH and DD to people watch, having a nice lunch together and listening to the roaming carolers. Reality - With all of my shopping mostly done, fighting traffic going to the mall with DH and DD to pick up one last thing, waiting forever for a Chik fil-a sandwich and listening to parents yell at their kids and each other. Expectation - Having a truly magical Christmas Reality - Having a truly magical Christmas....lumps and bumps and all!