Exhaustion happened too. These regular, every day things seem to take so much more energy when we are in the midst of December stuff.
I sometimes worry that with Declan's birthday falling on December 6th, that he will not want to do anything Christmas-y until his birthday is over with. I hope he will always know that his birthday is a BIG deal to all of us. This year, he told me that the Christmas tree was "mine tree. for my birfday." I almost want to decorate it as a birthday tree until his birthday and then redecorate it for Christmas after that next year. Helmut will love that idea.