Since this was my third Christmas, I am starting to understand the idea of tradition. There are things you do every year, and there are things you do for the first time that you could do every year. Here is my list of things that have become tradition and I hope will be traditions,
Visiting the Christkindl Market,
Ice Skating downtown,
Freezing while looking at the lights at the zoo,
Making gingerbread men,
and making a gingerbread house.
Reenacting the story of baby Jesus and the princesses,
Wearing a new outfit on Christmas Eve,
Hanging at the slopes while mom and dad ski on Christmas Day,
And, of course, spending every evening gazing at the sparkly tree!
It really is a wonderful time of year!
I think I understand Christmas a little bit better this year. There was a Mary and a Joseph and a baby Jesus and some animals and I think an angel. And something called a manger. I’m not sure what that is, and I don’t think baby bother uses one.
It is a good story and I’m glad we celebrate it every year. I’m also very glad little bother joined us to celebrate this year!!
We have two trees this year for Christmas. Probably because I am two this Christmas. Or maybe because we drove a very long way to cut down our own tree this year and couldn’t decide which one to take home. So, this is the tale of our two trees.
We drove a long time. I sat in the back and serenaded my family with the b-i-b-l-e song. They loved it.
We drove narrow canyon roads that wound through square tunnels.
Once we arrived at the place of many trees, we tramped through the snow looking for the perfect tree.
I took an occasional snow eating break.
Auntie Gwendie and Grampy are behind me claiming small tree number one.
Grampy and Auntie Gwendie did the massacaring, I mean tree chopping.
Auntie Gwendie and Grampie preparing to claim big tree number two.
And little bother was a lazy bum.
Stay tuned to see our trees all decked out once we got them home, miles and miles and many b-i-b-l-e’s later!!
And to all a good night!
…For unto us a child is born!
Our Christmas Tree is decorated and twinkly, ready for Christmas… which is coming soon, I think.
Last year I was just a baby so I didn’t really pay attention to the details of the tree decorating process. Dad had to teach me the proper process, handed down to him from his parents. The only detail we missed is that we didn’t chop down our own in the woods. Next year, perhaps.
So many trees to choose from.
Dad, this one.
Rowan, how about this one?
Just choose one and put it on the car already!
Only white lights are okay with dad.
Place the ornaments on.
Ready for a Merry Christmas!
Rumor has it there will be presents under that tree very soon. I’m hoping for very fun boxes and ribbons… which usually have toys inside.
God sent his Son as a little baby. Look how small and helpless I am. That puts the miracle into perspective.
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas.
Yesterday I got to wear my fancy red holiday dress! After taking our first family holiday card picture, I joined mom and dad as they lit the advent candles at church, then I listened to mom play her final holiday concert, followed by some brief holiday shopping. It was my first time for all of these activities!