Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The twenty fifth day of Advent - Christmas Day

Merry Christmas!  This morning we awoke to Cat in the Hat wearing some of the boys Christmas presents.  The kids didn't mind that the cat in the hat was wearing their new inside shoes they were just excited to have shoes to wear inside again.
Merry Christmas again!  Christmas morning reminds me of the Christmas memories I have as a child.  The excitement of waking up in the morning and realizing that the Christmas stockings were filled and that there were all sorts of Christmas presents under the tree that we could open up....however we couldn't open any of the presents until we did our Christmas program and listened to the Christmas story - Luke 2.  I used to dislike strongly the preparations of reading our poems, playing our Christmas songs and performing but looking back and watching how ridiculous we were as kids, those times are some of my favorite memories.  Listening to the Christmas message and each of us as family members praying...listening to those prayers - just fill my heart with joy.  So sad that we can't celebrate with family this year.

However we woke up to the wonderful child like excitement that our kids had knowing that Christmas morning had finally come and enjoyed torturing our kids making them wait to open up their presents (just like my parents did).  We got breakfast ready - caramel rolls (I think that might be a yummy tradition), then we listened to Daddy read the story of Jesus birth (our final Advent activity) and prayed in thankfulness for the wonderful gift that we have that Jesus was born and we could celebrate his birthday on this day.  Then we let the kids open their stockings and after that close their eyes as we brought out all the presents that we had from grandparents, and loved ones.  The boys were so excited to open their gifts and everything was met with the exciting exclamation -- "This is my favorite present!" I love this age.
After we opened our gifts and played with them, we went over to a friend's house for a Christmas party.  We had lots of fun and we were able to see how our friends have their own Christmas traditions and foods that they eat during Christmas.  So thankful for our dear friends who are willing to spend time with us and help us feel like we are a part of a family even though our own families are so far away.
We had pinata's to crack open, we had a Finnish Elf Song & Dance, and so many yummy foods to enjoy.  So thankful for the chance to experience how other's celebrate Christmas.

Our Scripture verse for today was actually our family memory verse for the 25 days of Advent. What beautiful news! -- Luke 2:11 – Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

Merry Christmas!

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