T'was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring but mom - and the mouse.
Hunched over a present, wrapping quickly with care. With hopes that her scissors would soon reappear somewhere, anywhere! Cookies lay on the counter, burnt to a crisp.
Next brownies, then onto brittle! On fruitcake and Blitzen!
From the kitchen to the foyer and along all the walls were presents and paper and spare boxes galore. As mom worked away, worked away, worked away more.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gallo Family Vineyards. All opinions are 100% mine.
The poem of my life, every single year. From the time we go out adulting on our own, the holidays become a mad scramble visiting grandparents and parents, a month-long marathon of baking and cooking, and wrapping presents late into the night to play Santa Clause.
I'll never forget the year we made the mistake of buying both a giant doll house and a kids kitchen.
Both of which were "some assembly required." And by "some assembly required" what they really meant was that we would be up until 3 in the morning with bloodshot eyes arguing over the instructions.
Speaking of assembly, what is with kids toys that require an Allen wrench for assembly? Those are lost more easily than the tape in a mess of wrapping paper. I think we spent more time searching for that tiny tool than actually using it.
Speaking of wrapping paper - what is its deal? It tears too easily or it won't cut at all, and I have never had a gift that was actually as wide as the roll itself, which leaves me cutting crazy shapes into the roll.
I much prefer gift bags, but they don't have the same appeal when stacked under the tree.
And don't even get me started on the Christmas tree we used in our home for years. It was always FULL OF CATS. Cats love climbing Christmas trees, did you know that?!
By the time Christmas actually arrives I'm just about ready to settle down for a long, long winter's nap.
Or at the very least a nice glass of wine by a cozy fire.
I recently picked up a bottle of Gallo Family Vineyard's Pinot Grigio that's perfect for sharing with family around the holidays.
At the end of the day, that's what makes the chaos of the holidays worth it.
Those shared moments with family. It's the silly ritual of wearing matching pajamas, binging all of the Santa Claus movies or indulging in a little holiday baking with your sister.
That is what the holidays are about, what makes it all worth it!
Gallo Family Vineyard Wines celebrates the American family, in all its forms. Big families, small families, singles who go visit their families during the holidays - we know that FAMILY comes in a million forms across the country and across the world.
Gallo Family Vineyards is a brand that was created by an American Family (Gallo) for American Families for 80+ years.
What better way to get the holiday madness under control and less chaotic than with a 1.5L bottle of Gallo Family Vineyards’s Pinot Grigio chilling in the fridge during the holiday months? It's also a great way for parents to unwind after a frantic day of holiday shopping or a marathon cookie baking session!