I’ve almost got our family’s memories caught up to 2017. This shows I am making progress as I was 10 months behind at one time last year. On this Easter weekend, I am able to share pictures of our Christmas time. I pray that you have a wonderful time this weekend remembering why Jesus came as a baby — to die for our sins. It’s so wonderful to reflect on how God loves us so much that He was willing to send His Son to make the ultimate sacrifice.
This December was totally different for us as we have always been with family before for all of our Christmas festivities. And we’ve always been cold. But this year, we adopted new family for our actual Christmas Day, and we had 80 degree weather.
We kicked off our December with a visit from Aunt Patty. It was so nice to see family again!
We tried to get some family pictures for Christmas. We had a couple successful pictures before we had Kiley standing in fire ants for a picture (unknowingly). That put an end to our family pictures.
The kids missed seeing a parade in July, so we went to see a parade in December.
It was weird even being at a parade in December — wearing t-shirts and shorts! It was also fun to see everything Christmasy in a parade. We’ve never seen that before — and I loved hearing Christmas songs from the floats and marching bands.
We went caroling four times in December.
The kids favorite time of caroling is when we went door-to-door in a nearby neighborhood. It was even chilly that night — cold enough to have hot chocolate after the caroling!
Christmas was on Sunday this year, so three of the kids got to wear the T-shirts to church that I had bought years ago.
We had a fun day with a morning service, guests for lunch, a time to open presents, dessert with friends, and a time to see the lights in a nearby neighborhood.
Dave preached a short Christmas message, and different members played Christmas carols on the piano, a harmonica, and a musical saw. It was a special time.
After church, 7 people came over to share our Christmas dinner. We are used to being with a ton of family, and it didn’t seem right to have Christmas by ourselves.
After dinner, our guests went home, and the kids opened their presents.
To finish off our day, we went to a friend’s house for dessert and then we drove through a neighborhood on the way home to see all the Christmas lights.
The kids enjoyed all their presents, especially their present from an aunt — a giant swing.