A Few Pictures from Christmas

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
It was our last Christmas in our little apartment. Most of our Christmas decorations were already packed away, but we dug them out and enjoyed a simple family Christmas. Each of the kids received one "big" gift and a couple of smaller gifts. Hannah received what she had wanted her "whole life," a Woody doll. Abby received The Little Mermaid Roller Skates. Lucas got a little ramp for his cars and Livy received Sophie the giraffe. We also gave the kids some group gifts, a basketball hoop, a few audiobooks (Winnie-the-Pooh and Frog and Toad) and some sleds. 

Every year I tell Matthew that we do not really have to get the kids anything because they are completely spoiled by their grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents and friends. Our children are so blessed! 

I felt like we did a really good job this year in terms of maintaining a peaceful December and Advent. In past years, it's been hard for me not to get caught up in the hustle and bustle. This year I really wanted to keep our focus on the Nativity and the Holy Family. We celebrated the feasts of St. Nicholas and St. Lucia. We baked cookies and mailed Christmas cards. We watched lots and lots of Christmas movies and listened to endless instrumental Christmas music on Pandora. We were eager for Santa's arrival, but also, and more importantly, for Jesus's birthday. It was the right balance between excitement and peace. I am hoping we can manage to do it again next year

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