A very Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
Now that Christmas is officially over I feel like I can finally relax, enjoy my family, and relish in the reason for the season. Ahhh…
Though busier, December was much like any other month, full of joys and disappointments. But I pulled together some photos from this month that remind me of some of my favorite moments. Happy memories. Joyous times.
Going to the Nutcracker ballet was by far one of the best times we had this month. I don’t think any of us will forget it. It was spectacular! The kids had never been to the Nutcracker play before and they were both mesmerized. It was beautiful and amazing…except for the guy in tights. Men should never wear tights. Never. Anyway, my mom bought each of the kids their very own Nutcracker ornament for the tree. They won’t soon forget that experience!
These candy cane sleds were fun because we all worked on them together as a family!
With just candy, bows, and a hot glue gun these little cuties came together and were distributed to co-workers at Hubby’s office. I think we made about eighteen of these little sleds. They were so much easier and more fun to make than baking batches of homemade cookies. The zero clean-up was wonderful, too.
The snow this month has been crazy and incredible. I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen so much snow.
We got over 20 inches one day. The kids were thrilled, although my daughter found that amount of snow difficult to walk in. In some places, the snow came up almost to her waist, so she didn’t stay out very long. We were snowed in for a few days after the highway was closed due to the snow-packed and icy roads. Good thing we had some food to hold us over until everything re-opened. Although, I’m not a fan of the cold white fluff, it is pretty to look at from the cozy warmth of my living room. <grins>
My mom’s birthday is on Christmas day and I always feel like her special day gets lost in all the Christmas hoopla.
This year I wanted to make her feel special by taking her out to tea. She took me out for my birthday earlier in the year and it was lovely. Why not take this opportunity to go again? We had a pretty Victorian room reserved but then both my kids got sick, so we decided to cancel in case I was next to fall ill. Well, we should not have cancelled because I ended up being fine and the tea room filled up. I did manage to get a last minute reservation but it ended up being a terribly miserable experience. I think my mom and I had more fun going to Costco afterwards than we did sipping tea in our Alice in Wonderland-like chairs in the distressingly dark and cold hospital-like “tea” room. I did enjoy making her some cupcakes, though. Next time we have tea together it will be at home.
Christmas morning is magical when you have little kids to share it with. They have a sparkle in their eyes and an excitement that is contagious. Whatever will I do when they grow up?! My daughter was so thankful with each and every gift she received. She gave out hugs to the givers. And hugs from a grateful little girl are some of the best Christmas gifts ever. That and, “Mommy, you are the best Mommy in the whole wide world!” after she opens a pair of Christmas pajamas. She’s super sweet.
And what Christmas is complete without a boy and his train, playing beneath the Christmas tree. He was thrilled that his new train had bridges. He gave a big hug to his sister for his new train, too.
We really have so much to be thankful for. The little hiccups in our plans were nothing compared to all the abundant blessings we enjoyed and the happy times spent together.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, remembering God’s very best gift to all of us, Jesus our Savior.
What are your favorite memories from the Christmas season that you want to hold on to?