December 29, 2011

A Tale of Three Christmases

This year we celebrated Christmas for three consecutive days.  It was very fun AND wore us all out!  What the days had in common:
  • family
  • food
  • stockings & gifts
  • food
  • napping
  • food
  • playing
  • food
Do you notice any trends?

Christmas Eve we celebrated Christmas amongst ourselves;
Santa obliged and came one night early


If you like Christmas cards, pretend you got this in the mail.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
 After dinner we headed to the Christmas Eve service at church.  Elizabeth wanted to sing with the choir, so she and I did that this year (very fun!)  We spent the night at Colin's parent's house.

Christmas Day we celebrated with Colin's family.

We have some family photos that Colin took with his camera, but this is the best that I have of the group.
 These paper crowns come from Christmas Crackers, a fun British tradition.

Boxing Day (the 26th) we celebrated with my family, as is the custom.

 We let the children open presents first ... all at once!
Then we put on what my dad calls "the electric pacifier" (tv) and we adults exchanged gifts.  This worked out quite well; I sure love the electric pacifier!

My dad is leaving soon for Rwanda for work, where he and my mom will live for 1-1/2 years.
He likes Grey Poupon and I think my mom got a kick out of getting him this large supply.

I love holiday-set tables!
That thing on the left in the front is a pre-popped Christmas Cracker.

This is the next generation ages 7.5, 6, 5.5, 3.5, 3.5, almost 2, and 6 months - book-ended by the girls!

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and that you have a peaceful beginning to the new year!

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