Christmas was special this year. It was slow and intentional. It was exactly what I hoped it would be in many ways. Christmas Eve morning we had several friends over and had a birthday party for Jesus.
We reenacted the Christmas story several times with costumes and then had a birthday cake.
We spent most of the afternoon preparing food to Christmas music. My little ones helped me off and on. And then we headed to Immanuel Baptist Church for their Christmas Eve service. Our church doesn't have a service on Christmas Eve and Adam and I have loved that tradition.
When we got home we had our Christmas Eve dinner. The girls remembered Egg Nog from last year. I didn't even bother getting the Sparkling grape juice since they didn't like it and they just drank Egg Nog. We ate steaks with Mac 'n Cheese and Green Beans. I think Mac 'n Cheese will be a staple for special meals for a while. For dessert, I made Chocolate De-Lite - a recipe from my mom's First Baptist Church of Clinton recipe book. It was heavenly.
After dinner, we did something new. We had our own little recital/concert. We all played Christmas songs we knew on our instruments. Caroline played 4 songs including some from last year - Away in a Manger, Silent Night, Angels We Have Heard On High, and The Twelve Days of Christmas. Lucy played 2 songs - Jolly Old Saint Nicholas and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Adam played a several songs but I only remember O Little Town of Bethlehem and I played Joy to the World and Oh Come all Ye Faithful. None of us played perfectly. In fact, some parts of the videos can be a little painful - you know, like where you are waiting and waiting for someone to hit the right note - haha, but I think that's what makes these little home videos endearing. So says the mom.
I have a vision, a dream or wish maybe, that in 10 years we are all singing Christmas Carols and taking turns playing together on Christmas Eve. For this year - Adam may have been humoring me but I think everyone enjoyed it =)
So here are some links to the videos.
We had such a sweet evening together. The girls spread some reindeer food. We enjoy playing the Santa Game and though the girls know it's just a game - we all enjoy playing it.
The kids got more than they could possibly want the next morning. Highlights:
Caroline got a Kaya doll, a globe, the Little House books, and a talking bird from Lucy
Lucy got a Kit doll, Frozen puzzles, a talking bird from Henry and the Twister game from Caroline.
Henry got a Little Tikes basketball goal.
All the presents were wrapped this year. So before we did any opening, Adam read the Christmas story.
And then the mad unwrapping began.
He got a snack cup in his stocking and loved it =)
Adam got a package of 3 Splatoon amiibos. They are these little figurines that get you extra points when you play video games. So we staged a photo fo him and the girls with their dolls and joked that all of them got dolls.
Lucy gave Henry this Thomas the Train ball.
He kissed it =)
We enjoyed our breakfast feast of Monkey Bread and a bacon/egg casserole. We ate on it all day.
The day was spent opening and playing with all of our gifts, calling and FaceTime-ing family, playing board games and Splatoon and just enjoying one another. It was perfect.
Here are a few pictures from after we came back from SC.
Lucy pulled her elbow while we were in SC and turns out had Nursemaid's elbow. It was pretty sore so she wore a sling for a couple of days.
We ate a traditional New Year's meal of collards, pork chops, black eyed peas and corn bread. I cooked a cherry cobbler for dessert. It was delicious. I also made a New Year's resolution to eat meals on our China for all holidays and birthdays.
Just some selfies with my beautiful Lucy on her half birthday =)
And Lucy with her Kit doll =)