Last Christmas Post – I promise!
Just a few last things I don’t want to forget about Christmas this year.
The outdoor nativity night turned out so wonderful! Lots of people ended up freezing cold before the end (it was -20 C) but that was the only bad part – otherwise it was meaningful, celebratory, and worshipful. I was so happy to be able to have this celebration with friends and family and thankful to Claire for coming up with the great idea to make the birthday party for Jesus extra special and letting us have it at our house.
One of the ladies (100 years old) we went caroling to, wrote this in her thank you card ‘It would be such a wonderful world if all people would just take a few minutes each day to sing God’s praises and fill each day of the year with the peace, joy and tranquility of Christmas.’ Wise words from a very happy, joyful lady!
Here is a picture of my three kiddos in their matching homemade mommy jammies on Christmas eve.
(Excuse the red eyes – they look a bit like they should be from Twilight!)
Someone e-mailed me and asked if we do any presents and the answer is yes we do. What we do changes a bit each year, and it has been a growing and changing process here, so I am not sure what it will look like year to year. We do have some gift traditions like new jammies made by mommy on Christmas eve and a new tree ornament for each kid to celebrate their past year (Aaron and I get one for each other as well). This year they also got one (toy) gift on Christmas morning. We have also for the past several years given gifts to Jesus, of varying descriptions, but always something we talk with the kids about during advent “What can we give Jesus for his birthday?” Do the gifts they get overshadow what they give? Honestly in some ways yes, but in other ways no (they are still talking about caroling and love making homemade things for those they love, seeing others open their gifts and spending time together).
We spent a few hours on Christmas day making this:
It was a lot of fun! The kids were buzzed on food colouring and sugar by the end 🙂