Christmas 2015

It’s been about 4 years since we started to “keep” Christmas once again.   Long story short, my parents stopped keeping it when I was a child and it wasn’t until a few years ago, that hubby and I decided we wanted to do something for our children during this season.  We desire to keep this time focused on Jesus and what His coming to earth as a baby really means for us.

 

Anyways…..

We have been making our own family traditions over the past 4 years and it has been such a blessing to watch the children during this time and see how much they appreciate this.  We draw names the end of November with my parents included and each has a person they must make or buy a small gift for.  That has always been a lot of fun!  This year hubby got my name and I got his!  Fun!  Hubby and I also get each child two gifts each. Nothing extravagant, but gifts vary from toys, books, clothing or a musical instrument.  This year for a first, I sewed up some stockings for each of the children and told them they could help fill them.  They drew pictures, wrote cards, and sewed up some homemade gifts.  It ended up being a lot of fun for us all and a tradition I’m hoping planning to keep.  It was so much fun to watch them pull out the items!!  Gift opening time was fun and enjoyed by all.  Some get so excited with their gifts!  Our Nathaniel (12) loves to read, so of course new books are a big hit.  This year we bought for him some Adventure in Odyssey books that he hasn’t read or heard, so he was so thrilled!  He already is our dynamic child.  🙂  It’s good!!  Some of our other children can be hard to read what they are thinking….  😉

 

Our youngest happy with his new truck. He loves the balls that came with it. 🙂

This year we ate our special meal Christmas Eve and then opened up a gift each.  Christmas morning we read through Luke 2 and opened up our gifts afterwards.  Breakfast was homemade cinnamon buns.  Yum! We then spent a relaxed day together as a family plus we picked up hubby’s mom and she spent the afternoon and evening with us.  It was a lovely day and I look back on it with precious memories and I feel so blessed.  Meal wise, it was very easy as we had lots of left overs, plus Nana brought with her some sweet goodies to share, so a restful day indeed.  🙂

Joy to The world! the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev’ry heart prepare him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world! the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonder wonders of His love

 

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