This was probably our favorite Christmas with the kids thus far. Whereas last year all of us cried at some point on Christmas morning and the children kept fighting over gifts, this year everyone seemed relaxed and content. I got up a good bit earlier than the kids to make our breakfast cake, enjoyed some time alone with coffee and candlelight and the Lord, and just savored that holy quiet anticipation waiting for the house to wake up. Soon the patter of feet running down the hallway, squeals and giggles and snuggles. We let the kids open their stockings right away, which was really fun. Phoebe tried on her socks that I had knit for her for the first time which was so awesome for me to finally see them on her and see how they fit! Brandon read the Christmas story, and we ate our Blueberry Yogurt Morning Cake (thanks to Shauna Niequist’s recipe, adapted to be gluten-free) with eggs + sausage, and sang happy birthday to Jesus. The kids truly love doing that.
After breakfast we opened the gifts under the tree and just took our time. They got a lot of books this year, mainly, plus one bigger item and a couple of hand knits and clothing items. Family members also contributed some of their gifts. I bought Brandon some new jeans + boots, and a woodburning kit. He bought me a beautiful bracelet (which I adore), a book I have been wanting, cozy socks, and some knitting supplies (a yarn bowl + wooden needles)! We headed out for a walk and bike ride, then B + I snuggled and watched a movie (and I knitted) while the kids took naps. After they woke up we headed to my parents house (10 min away) to gather with family, open some presents there together and have dinner. It was maybe one of my favorite times together, singing Christmas songs with my brother leading us in worship + piano playing. My parents always make the most amazing celebratory meals, and we were not disappointed!
It was a sweet day of worship and pouring out love on each other. It was simple + extravagant at the same time. For some reason it’s hard to achieve that, I feel, to worship our God and love one another extravagantly, and yet to keep the gifts simple. It’s a battle to keep our focus on celebrating the greatest gift of all, which is Christ. We fail in one way or another every year, but still, even knowing our frail and broken nature, He offers Himself to us afresh each year.
I hope you had a very Merry Christmas with your loved ones + that you have a blessed and happy New Year! Thanks so much for reading along here with our little family. You truly bless me!