A Very Merry Christmas

James’ birth rather usurped the attention and I never had a chance to post about our Christmas.  Christmas time for our family i s a time of fun traditions going back to Paul’s and mine childhood, and new traditions that we have started together with our little family.  We gather around the piano and sing carols, act out the nativity on Christmas eve and indulge in scrumptious cinnamon buns on Christmas morning.

Recently we have begun the tradition of going to the hospital to serve dinner on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, but for obvious reasons we didn’t go up to the hospital this year.  Because of our excursions to the hospital we decided on another new tradition. That was to have Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve – we especially like this one because it gets Mom out of the kitchen on Christmas day. I get to enjoy the children and play with them. We still have our Christmas dinner as we feast on left overs from the night before.

So, Christmas Eve found us feasting on our dinner afterwhich we read the Nativity Story from the Scriptures as the children acted out the different parts. This year Elizabeth was Mary, Jacob was Joseph, Dorothy was the angel, and Emily was the shepherd/wiseman.  Dad as always was Herod and I was the narrator.  In between the different scriptures we read we sing carols that go along with what we are reading…

Kids ready for Nativity

Angel & Mary

Joseph kept riding off on the donkey leaving poor Mary behind ;)

Riding to Bethlehem - Joseph was a bit reluctant to let Mary ride :)

Joseph & Mary

Angel & Shepherd

Joseph, Mary, & Shepherd

Wiseman, Joseph (taking a nap on the floor) & Mary

Other traditions of the evening include driving around to see the lights, sometimes some caroling (if we haven’t done it earlier) and a late night visit from Santa Clause (Jacob just had the hardest time waking up)…

Sleepy Jacob & Santa

Emily & Santa

Dot and Santa

Elizabeth & Santa

 Christmas morning dawns and no one is aloud to  go into the living room until everyone is up and dressed.  The kids lurk in the hall trying to peek into the room full of excitement and anticipation.  Finally we give the signal and they stampede into the room.  Stockings are the first order of the day followed by a cinnamon bun breakfast.  Only after breakfast is devoured do we gather around the tree to enjoy opening presants and wrapping paper wars…

This year I made pajamas…

Paul & Jacob in matching pjammies

Girls in the Nightgowns

And Paul made Lincoln Logs…

Kids with Lincoln logs that Dad made

So, that is a quick snippet of our fabulous Christmas. 🙂

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Filed under Dot, Em, Family, Jacob, James, Lizy, Photography

One response to “A Very Merry Christmas

  1. Now how did I miss these before? It must have been a preoccupation with baby James-sweet baby James that is (I am a huge James Taylor fan). These are so cute and I love how you involve the children in the nativity and they look like they really are enjoying it.

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