Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Well, we did it, guys. We made it through another Christmas. I love the Christmas season more than anything, but Christmas day can be a bit trying. A few years back, a well meaning - but clueless - family member told me that I'll never truly understand the joy of Christmas until I see my own children open their gifts on Christmas morning. I handled it with grace and only kicked her in the shins three times. Hard.

I think she was both right and wrong - I do manage to feel the joy of Christmas without kids, but would it be better with kids? I believe it would. Luckily, I get to borrow some of that joy from my nieces and nephews, and that's good enough for now.

After opening gifts yesterday morning, we drove to my aunt and uncle's house for more presents and Christmas dinner. The kids wanted to ride in my car, because my car (an '05 Chevy Malibu Max) is seriously AWESOME (to the under 10 crowd).

On the short ride to my aunt and uncle's house, I asked the kids what their favorite thing about Christmas is. My six year old nephew exclaimed, "THE TOYS!" Then, remembering lessons his parents and church leaders have taught him, he caught himself and said, "No.... wait. The caring. About each other."

Here are a few pictures from Christmas:

Christmas Eve walk 
Car ride
Katherine's gag gift favorite gift from me. And me and the kids.

My cozy socks!
How we all felt by the end of the day!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!


Katherine said...

Ha! Blue!! So cute! It really was a fun day! A little exhausting, but great nonetheless! And thanks for the awesome t-shirt. I'll wear it the next time I sub to get "cool" points from the kids. Well, from the girls anyway.

Sara said...

Merry Christmas Elizabeth! Looks like a fun day!

violet50 said...

First - adorable pictures! Second - It is great to be with family during the Christmas season. And the food doesn't hurt either. It's quite a whirlwind and I need to stop to think about the real meaning of the holiday. Then it all comes into focus.