Well, it has come and gone. I think this has been the fastest Christmas season yet. Today I am going to take a few minutes to try and look back on the past few weeks. I don’t have much in the way of photos, as it just seems to have all happened in a blur. I am definitely going to slow it down next year. I plan on incorporating more Advent activities and devotions to really prepare for Christmas. It is a shame to let something so special become so ordinary. I don’t want to be like the Inn Keeper, too busy to notice the miracle happening around him. I want to be like the shepherds, Simeon, and the Magi who found Christmas through inspiration, anticipation, and dedication.
We really didn’t get “into” Christmas until last week. Now the kids had been counting the days with their Advent calendars of chocolate candy. But let it be known that The Princess got tired of the “wait” and ate her chocolates a few days ahead of schedule:)
The Princess and her preschool performed a little Christmas concert.
Our Christmas tree that had been on our back porch in a bucket of water was finally brought into the house. There was some anticipation as we just left it alone for a day, so the branches could settle.
We hauled the boxes of decorations in from the garage and began the decorating process. We don’t really go all out with decorations. Just a few. It is probably because it is always so late in the season when we get started.
Unraveling the lights.
Big Tuna gets the honors for stringing the lights because he doesn’t need a chair to reach the top of the tree:)
Godzilla added a new dragon ornament to the tree (see right corner).
A Mongolian doll brought to us from a friend who adopted a child from Inner Mongolia.
More ornaments to hang.
My Mama’s Nativity.
Santa came to visit at our church’s Christmas party. The Princess was one of the first to tell Santa her list.
The Queen really wanted to talk with Santa, but shyness took over. The Princess was more the happy to interpret for her.
Our friend’s new daughter, MeiMei, from IM. Her very first Christmas ever!
Making Christmas cookies…
Bicycles, Pillow Pets,
video games, DVDs, and more!
It was a very Merry Christmas for all.
Here is hoping your Christmas was wonderful!