I guess you could say that our Christmas this year came in like a lamb and went out like a lion!
Most of our family lives over a thousand miles away so we do not have heavy family demands for get-togethers. We do have some very dear friends that we always go out to dinner with and we always have our church family.
And then we do have Olivia, who has appointed herself as our family’s activity coordinator (I think she thinks me and Jeff are a bit boring). She decided we needed to make a new tradition of the 28 Days of Christmas where we do a special activity each evening before Christmas… we did most of them.
One evening we had homemade pizza and danced the waltz in the living-room.
Since we all stink at dancing this is a work in progress,
but it was fun, yes, even Jeff in his old man slippers and me barefooted.
Olivia and Emma’s pictures are too blurry to post!
We enjoyed a beautiful candle lighting ceremony at our church the night before Christmas Eve. Makes me sad for those that don’t embrace the beauty of Scripture and the purpose of His incarnation. This is what it is all about!
Christmas Eve was truly enjoyable. We started the day at the gym
relaxing exercising in the pool and hot tub.
Olivia made us a wonderful Asian dish and we watched a couple movies.
Later that night we had sausage bread with a salad, one of Jeff’s favorites! My mother lives here and my grandma is visiting from NY and Josh also came, so our little house was comfortably full.
Then Jeff read to us and we prayed.
We opened most of our gifts Christmas Eve so we could relax more Christmas morning before church.
Christmas morning Olivia insisted on setting the table and making breakfast, sometimes I have to remind her whose kitchen it is. She made these super yummy biscuits in the shape of gingerbread men…how cool is that? We had a choice of sausage and gravy or chocolate sauce.
She also had a small gift at each place setting.
Our Christmas feast around the table all weekend was wonderful, the gifts were much appreciated,
but it is the relationships with the people that are most cherished. We must take pictures (even if we don’t look our best),
we must journal in what ever form we like, even if it is blogging,
because we need to remember these details that fade with time.
Christmas Day was wonderful. We worshiped the King of Kings at church with our spiritual family and enjoyed lunch together. The rest of the day we relaxed at home.
Monday the decorations came down! As much as I love the holidays, I NEED order! And I NEED the space in our home!
We also found out Monday that we were to have family from out of state come visit on Tuesday. So Tuesday evening our tiny home was filled with 22 people. Both of my brothers, their families and friends came. Yes… we ate again…and again!
Wednesday night we had a bonfire and ‘smores and said our goodbyes. We were thankful for the visit and memories made.
Tomorrow I will tell you my favorite part of our Christmas, probably my most cherished memory ever!