The anticipation and excitement of Christmas has come and gone. More memories and sweet family time has filled my emotional cup. What I enjoy most about Christmas are the traditions we share as a family. We open our gifts on Christmas Eve with a twist. Each time someone opens a gift they share what they appreciate about the giver. Our sweet Cayley had a stomach bug December 23rd and 24th so we did not attend Christmas Eve service another tradition. We concluded our evening wrapping up our Advent devotion Tabitha’s Travels.
When I look back on Christmas 2010 I will remember the fun dinner we had Christmas day with over 20 people. We were blessed to share Christmas evening with our immediate family, my in-laws, the Flatlin Band members who recently moved here from Sacramento, CA, the Nellie family plus one, who attend church with us, and we also had several international students who responded to Caryn’s FB post “hello sweet friends! if you are in austin and plan on spending christmas all by your lonesome, please dismiss that idea right now! i have the perfect solution! come hang out with my family and friends! we are eating a lot and promise to lather you with love and joy. 🙂 soooo lemme know!!.” We had food galore with a turducken being the highlight – thanks Moz & Far. We had all guest bring a wrapped gift of $10 and did a white elephant to add to the fun. We had several snuggies, gifts cards and other fun items. I believe fun was had by all.
What goes up must come down 🙁 I will miss the warmth of our Christmas tree which holds many stories of places we have’ve travled to, activities and/or interest we have or had; all reflected through our ornaments on the tree. We add an ornament or two yearly for each daughter so they will one day have a box filled with meaningful ornaments once they start their own family but for now our tree reflects all.
Our house is quite as Caryn and Courtney left for a mission trip on Sunday. My in laws drove home yesterday and now it be us three.
Trust your Christmas was also full of sweet memories and you were surrounded by those you love.