Actual Christmas, like the day itself, was pretty anti-climatic this year. I suppose that's a testament to all of the fun we had leading up to it this year. Of all the things we did, the most memorable, then and even now, in February, was the night we sat down as a family and watched Mormon Messages on youtube. It started with just one video, but the kids kept asking for more and more. There was such a calm, peaceful spirit in our home that night, no one wanted it to end.
Here is the video we set out to watch with the kids:
Still so good, even in February! A couple more of our family favorites, here, here, and here.
That being shared, actual Christmas did happen, and I minimally documented it with photographs.
Nan and Pop were in town, and Nan got assigned Santa cookie making duty:
After the cookies were decked out, and set out, it was bed time:
They went down pretty easily, and slept in to a reasonable hour the next morning!
First stop Christmas morning, after posing for a picture on the stairs, was the library for stockings and to check the cookies. My most favorite Christmas moment happened here, first of all...
In October, someone listed some holiday build-a-bears (Rudolph and two Frosty the snowman) on our town's trading post for $3/piece. At some point, a stuffed animal in the kids' stockings had become a tradition, so I snatched them right up. I figured I'd find a fourth one before Christmas and didn't give it another thought. Really. Christmas Eve I remembered I had the three, so I set them out, figuring maybe Amos wouldn't care and the little kids could have them. When the morning came, Maggie saw them first thing and ran right over and snatched up Rudolph, as Amos said,
"Aw, I wanted Rudolph."
Without missing a beat, Maggie happily handed Rudolph to Amos and picked up the Frosty with a hat as Audrey said,
"Aw, I wanted the one with the hat."
Again, Maggie happily handed off her treasure and excitedly picked up the last choice.
Ward was still making his way down the stairs and never knew he missed anything. Thanks to Maggie's generous heart (and Ward's slowness), everybody won.
We didn't have any "big" presents this year, i.e. no Barbie dreamhouses. The girls wanted dolls, Wardie wanted cars, and Amos wanted Minecraft. Minecraft everything. No one was disappointed.
Ward was quite the funny guy on Maggie's new horse for her doll. He knew I was trying to take his picture and quickly found something super important to stare at in any direction but mine.
Nope, didn't make me look. Little goof. There was totally nothing there. Or up above him.
I like a good coordinated family color scheme for holiday outfits, and this Christmas Sunday was no exception. The beauty of being in a new ward, the boys got to recycle their sweaters from last year and no one knew. Well, except all of you right now. The girls' dresses have a years' worth of growth in them, so maybe we'll be seeing those again next year. Stayed tuned.
While this was certainly the smallest, simplest Christmas we've had, it was also certainly one of the best.
**This post is backdated so it will be in the 2014 book.