This has been the sweetest little Christmas for us. It definitely crept up on us, and we were pretty unprepared for the most part, but it has been special nonetheless. It is the first year D has gotten into the Santa and Elf (ours is Lola) bit, and she seems to somewhat understand that it is Jesus's birthday, too. Some of these pictures might be repeats from the last post.
Miss bossy pants advising me that this ornament is "vewy bweakable".
My first free night of the break was so peaceful and perfect for working on our family yearbook. A lot of what is fun about D's age is being able to start traditions like baking Christmas cookies together.
We made it to the Christmas Eve children's Mass this year, and it was really sweet. All of the children were asked to bring a bell, a canned good for a gift to the Baby Jesus, and a flashlight. They used the bells and flashlights while singing Christmas songs in the Mass. Very, very sweet.
We also read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" with the book my mom recorded for D on her first Christmas.
And then left a few of our homemade cookies out for Santa. We thought Santa would prefer coffee instead of milk. You know- late night and all. B earned his stripes by putting together D's "big" Christmas gift this year. I am usually tasked with that job, but I was very willing to let him take over.
No doubt there were visions of sugarplums floating in this sweet little head.
Last year I made a french toast casserole which was so nice to have ready to go for Christmas morning. This year I tried changing it up a bit with a blackberry cream cheese variety, and it was a good call. We also had a savory breakfast casserole.
Jessie and Travis came by to bring gifts for the kiddos, and they really excited D with the pink ukelele they brought her.
But the biggest surprise by far..was Elmo.
By about 4 p.m., D was so exhausted having not had a nap and just mindlessly watched videos on the ipad (in her helmet) until it was bed time.