Christmas 2009 didn't end up the way we planned, but then, when do things ever end up the way we plan?
Natalie, age 2, on Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve was spent at our church's candlelight service. This is one of our favorite traditions. Such a wonderful way to prepare us for celebrating our Savior's birth. After the service we always have friends over for snacks and fellowship. This year was no different. Well, some of our friends had to cancel due to sickness, but we were healthy.
Until Christmas morning. When Avi started it all by throwing up. I'll spare you the details, but let's just say it was different than we planned. Thankfully though, the sickness didn't begin until a few hours into our morning. We had already opened stockings, enjoyed breakfast and laughed ourselves silly over the game Would You Rather? We have the pocket version, and love it. Everyone from Avi and Tucker (age 4) and up were able to play and enjoy the game. We didn't keep score, but just went around reading and answering the questions. This was such a hit that I plan to order a couple of different versions to expand our set.
As you can see, we has some eager children, waiting for 7 o'clock to roll around.
For those of you readers who are newer, we don't put up a Christmas tree or exchange gifts. The children each put out a "stocking" on Christmas Eve (the "stockings" are actually their rubber boots) and receive small gifts. We want the focus to be on Christ's birth, not presents. We have been very intentional about this since our children were very small. The gifts in the stockings are very modest (spin toothbrushes for the little ones, books for some of the children, mini robot insects for the older boys, instant snow for Kalina and Jubilee) and orange, candy cane and some candy. This year we purchased a new chess game and Would You Rather? which I saved for Christmas morning. The healthy family members a good part of the day playing these.
Normally my parents would come for Christmas dinner, but graciously declined when they heard about our sickness. Chuck's parents and sister and brother-in-law were scheduled to come visit us tomorrow, but that is up in the air, depending on how the sickness pans out.
Like I said, the day didn't go as we planned, but then, neither did last year, when our church's candlelight service was cancelled due to snow and our friends couldn't make it out either. Click here for a peek at our Christmas celebrations in years past: 2006, 2007, 2008.