Christmas Day 2015

I LOVE Christmas!  The joy of the season…the anticipation… the traditions… the lights… the food… the family… our dear Savior’s birth!  Coziness.

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One of our newest (3rd year) traditions… Christmas coal (Minty Mallows) in the stockings, along with a poem about our sin and need for a savior.

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Christmas traditional breakfast: Brundy casserole, fruit, and stollen bread.

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No time to waste… as soon as breakfast is over, the “elves” get straight to organizing gifts while the adults linger at the table with their coffee.

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We had so many homemade gifts form the kids this year.  I think it was the highlight of my Christmas!  Poems, papers, books, coupons, and crafts galore!

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I think my husband likes having a son… and helping him open gifts…

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In the middle of opening gifts, we got a huge surprise: my brother and sister-in-law showed up from Northern California!

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They had fun opening and reading Allison’s “Dogs and Wolves” paper she wrote for the boys this year.

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A head lamp so I can keep up my early morning runs in the new year!

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Daniel worked so hard cooking all day…. beef tenderloin, Thai grilled salmon with red curry pepper paste, roasted potatoes, grilled asparagus, cranberry bread.  Thanks, babe!

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Daniel’s brother, sister-in-law, and our nephews joined us for dinner and more play.

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Our little nephew creamed us all on Connect 4.  Brilliant little guy!

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We ended the night with a fun round of stair ball.

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Until Next Year!

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