Christmas 2016

I'm already writing Christmas 2017 in my title! Not so fast!
Christmas 2016 was spent at home, with our loves. Christmas Eve morning was GORGEOUS outside, so we did what you'd expect us to do on a special occasion--we did yard work! But only after we'd listened to the Nine Lessons and Carols program with the Choir of King's College in Cambridge and prepared pineapples to be taken around to friends later that day (Brandon oil painted for his graduating phDs). Thank you NPR!
After yard work and pineapples, we came home and got out our good china. Second time we used it, first time for the glasses. Kids looked at it like it was all from another planet! What did we eat that night, let's see, can't remember. But we were together and it was lovely.
After all went to bed, Santa arrived (family gifts below under the tree, Santa gifts to the right by the chairs). That nice Santa, he knows we're kinda minimalists when it comes to all things from-him. Well, when it comes to all things, actually.
 Christmas morning was happy as expected! Kids had presents organized and stacked by the time we got up around 8am.
 Present opening was especially fun with this little one, who got magnets from one grandparent set and ninja gear from the other--what more could a 4 year old want?
 Stuffies (including Duke who went missing after our Utah trip last summer!), Tsums Tsums, and magnets, oh my!
Zane's favorite part of the morning: sausage and egg biscuits. Soren was thrilled because I managed to make him a T-Rex biscuit (molded accidentally with leftover biscuit dough strewn around cut-out muffins--Christmas miracle if I've ever known it)
This Christmas was extra special because we also got to head to church and participate in our ward's Christmas program. Zane played "O Come O Come Emmanuel" on the bells to start us off and Annie's primary class sang, "When Joseph Went to Bethlehem." Being in charge of the whole dang thing, I was just relieved everyone showed up who was on the program AND the meeting only lasted 56 minutes total. Two more Christmas miracles! 
We came home to sunshine and naps (parents) and bow-and-arrows (Z) and lots of happy playing together (A+S). 
Low key schedule and warm weather, happy hearts and sleepy eyes. And most important of all, Jesus. So thankful to be able to celebrate his birth with others through scripture and song on Christmas Day this year.
Merry Christmas everyone.


walt or jean said…
We are so glad that Christmas turned out so nicely. The days and hours leading up to that days were also blessed and holy. We will long remember the fun choir practices and performances, the supernal dance night with Annie, the band concert and swimming excellence from Zane, and of course the preschool choir and its star performer, Soren. Thanks for all the yummy meals and funny, endearing moments. We love you.