The picture on the top left is from Christmas Eve – it was my last chance to get her in her special Christmas dress and take pictures so I grabbed at it!  We went to a Christmas Eve service at our church, it was really nice.  :)

Christmas morning I got up before everyone and made waffles.  When Emma finally awakened (I actually had to go get her at around 8:15 finally because I couldn’t wait), we opened presents!  Emma really got into this part and after we were finished walked around the tree wondering where more presents were – what a kid!  ;-)  But she got some great presents, her favorites being a Magna Doodle and the entire Veggie Tales library from her grandma, a stuffed dog from her great-grandma, and a little bench set from her daddy and mommy.  It was a great Christmas and I didn’t feel like we spent too much on gifts or gave too little which makes me happy.  I want to keep Christmases as God-focused as possible, but it can be hard!  Plus I can’t help but want to buy Emma everything.  It’s awful.  :)  The other gift we bought her is lincoln logs, and I think I enjoyed playing with those more than she did!  But I know she’ll grow into them over time and I plan to get them out again sometime when she’s not distracted by so many toys.

Note that on Christmas night she found a flashlight in a drawer and ditched her toys, running around the living room with the flashlight.  This is a reminder to me not to go too crazy on Christmases – what kids really care about is family togetherness and the memories you’re making.  :)

This was our first Christmas spent entirely at home – my parents moved to Alaska not long ago and anyone else we would have spent it with was sick, but we reeeally enjoyed our family time, and John had a four-day weekend so he was very happy.  It was one of the best Christmases ever!

That said, I am glad it’s all finally over because I’m ready to put the holidays behind me and start thinking about a baby who is coming very soon! :)

What were the highlights of your Christmas?

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10 Responses to Our Christmas (Not-So-Wordless-Wednesday)

  • Sometimes holidays are best spent with the itty bitty family :) I prefer it! Looks like you had a lovely holiday!

  • Ya know, after the holiday headaches I had this year, a quiet family holiday at home sounds lovely. Looks like you guys had a great time. Happy Holidays!

  • Sounds like you had a lovely time together. Her Christmas dress is adorable!

  • My daughter received the same snowman PJs that Emma is wearing for Christmas! (She also got some with frogs.)

    This is the first Christmas in our new house and we loved having the tree up and having my mom here for Christmas. Last year we were in a tiny apartment and the girl was getting mobile so we didn’t have a tree. It was great having a relaxed morning together and then playing with all her new toys while making dinner.

    Glad to hear that you had a wonderful Christmas as well :-)

  • Aren’t kids so cute on Christmas?! Tobin keeps looking under our tree and asking “presents?”…apparently he’s not ready for Christmas to be over with!

    That’s great you were able to have a quiet Christmas at home, we were all over the valley going from one grandparents house to another and by the end of the day I think we were all ready to just go home and stay there.

    Happy holidays to your and your family…sounds like you had a great Christmas!

  • Her dress is so cute. It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas.

  • Sounds like you guys had a great Christmas! Emma is just a doll, and I seriously want those snowman pjs in my size! :)

    We were trapped in our house all day Christmas Day – and every day since. Our area hasn’t had a white Christmas since 1880 – until this year. Our water main busted and completely washed out our driveway, so we’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Do you know how crazy 5 cooped up kids can make their Mama? Let’s just say… you don’t want to know!

  • Such a cutie!

    Please do come by and visit me!

  • AppleBlossom got a LeapFrog phone for Christmas, but of course all she wants is the real phone. Otherwise, she got my hand-me-down toys that we brought back from my parents including stuffed animals, dolls, a tea set (missing a cup) and the like. It was a great present. I was a little down in a way, because I’m slowly learning that all the presents are for the kids and no longer for me as that mama… LOL… but then we got home and I got my present… Wanna know what it is?? Two Words. POSITIVE TEST!

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