Weekly Image of Life: Christmas Day

25 Dec

Christmas began early … a little bit before midnight.

As everyone turned in early … weary from too much shopping, from too much wrapping of the presents, from too many tamales, from too much Guat punch, from too much food, from too much family. I sat there energized ready and willing to go out into the 49 degree chill and watch the neighborhood Christmas Light parade.

Did I have any takers?

Just my four-year old son, awake through pure willpower.

Everyone else was sleeping. At 10:30 p.m.! Where was the Christmas spirit? Taking a snooze. I was looking forward to the parade all day. I imagined sitting there on the corner with my scarf and hot chocolate, surrounded by family and waiting in anticipation for Christmas floats and carolers to sing and dance down my little neighborhood streets.

But no … in the end it was just me and my son. However, seeing how excited my son and I were about the parade, my dude decided to join are little Guat party of two. We all enjoyed the midnight Christmas Day parade. And then crashed when we walked in the door.

Christmas Day wake up call … 6:30 a.m. My nephew enters the room …


My son wakes up, lazy eyes, but giant smile.

It’s a race downstairs.

The day begins with pajamas, smiles, and cameras.

It continues with family traditions.

Family stress.

Moments of peace.

Moments of laughter.

Thoughts of my Dad.

Thoughts of my uncle Erick.

Thoughts of Pinta.

Guat tamales.

The famous Guat punch.

The Connect Four Showdown … where I lost in the semifinals to my cousin.

And then a quiet night … again. All ending at 10:30 p.m.

Hugs to my children.

Christmas Day … It’s a day-long journey that’s got everything, including Sal De Uvas antacid for all the food I ate.

Weekly Image of Life Challenge Courtesy of This Man’s Journey.

7 Responses to “Weekly Image of Life: Christmas Day”

  1. Island Traveler December 26, 2012 at 6:09 AM #

    A beautiful Christmas story and traditions. Yes, there may be a bit of stress during the finding that perfect gift and preparation but seeing how happy our children are, how magic comes alive makes it all worth it. yesterday, we just stayed home after a Christmas party on Dec. 24 that ended till 0300 a.m. of the 25th. Exhausting but I will do it again just to see that spark on my son’s face. He’s been singing Christmas songs the entire day which he never did before. I stop counting his hugs and kisses. He was so happy. Merry Christmas my friend. I wish you and your family all the love, happiness, peace, great health and many awesome adventures today and everyday.

    • The Guat December 27, 2012 at 12:07 AM #

      It is worth it. Definitely, but it wasn’t my kids that stressed me out that day it was my crazy family. I definitely needed a moment of peace and ice cream 🙂 Thanks for the holiday greetings. I know you had a great Christmas … 3 a.m. woo-hoo sounds like an awesome time.

  2. adinparadise December 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM #

    Fabulous Christmas pics, TG. Looks like you all had lots of fun. 😀

    • The Guat December 27, 2012 at 12:08 AM #

      It was a fun night. It had it all. My kids made it very awesome. But I guess that’s what all parents say 🙂

  3. Angelia Sims December 26, 2012 at 7:41 PM #

    Sounds like a perfect Christmas day and night. The parade looked beautiful. And Noah’s Christmas plate is adorable. Love all the excitement you captured in the photos. 🙂

    • The Guat December 27, 2012 at 12:10 AM #

      Well … not perfect but still good 🙂 The parade was so awesome. I love going to it. It brings the Christmas spirit back, especially when you had a long day with a lot family 🙂 But that plate … it was the best gift I got 🙂

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