Christmas is my favorite holiday for several reasons. First and most importantly, this is the day we celebrate the birth of Christ. And Jesus is everything to me. Second, it's all about family. And this year our sweet little family had our very first Colorado Christmas. It was glorious. All were healthy (unlike last year) and all were pleasant. The day was slow, memorable, savored and beautiful. The kids were cute (as always) and liked each other most of the day. Michael and I worked hard the day before so that on Christmas Day we could just sit and relax and be STILL.
The kids were up early, but apparently we taught them early on that rushing into the day isn't the thing to do. I ran downstairs at 8:00 to throw the previously made Monkey Bread in the oven to cook for breakfast, then proceeded immediately back upstairs for a 35 more minutes of shut eye.
After the timer indicating the bread was ready (the smell alone could have done that...YUM!) went off, Michael and I went downstairs and got the day going. While we finished up breakfast, I noticed that the last Christmas picture framed in my house was the first one we took with FOUR little ones... (it's a little dusty...I have FOUR little ones...)
Drew wanted his picture taken with Ruff-Anakin...
The living room on Christmas morning...so clean and pretty! It didn't last long...
Christmas breakfast...sausage balls, monkey bread, and a Jesus cake.
This is a new tradition. Michael and I really want our kids to know and understand and honor the meaning of Christmas. It's not about gifts and Santa and caroling...it's about our Savior, Jesus Christ. If it wasn't for His birth (and His death) then our lives our void, meaningless. So this year we baked a cake, decorated it nicely, and sang to our Savior. It was beautiful and sweet and a great way to start the day remembering the meaning of it all...
After our breakfast, we all sat down and read the story of His birth.
Drew read it in his Bible while waiting for us to get situated to read it together.
Here we go...trying to get a decent picture of all four.
I probably took twenty...these are our favorites. :)
Let the festivities begin!
After opening our presents, we had a lazy afternoon...the boys played with their new toys and the rest of us took a nice long nap. Then we had dinner...ribs (in the crock-pot), cheesy potatoes, and biscuits.
Once all of that was over, we were thoroughly exhausted, but still went to our good friends house for a night of movies (the kids) and games!
What a super great day celebrating the birth of Jesus.