Wednesday, January 09, 2019

A Really Merry Christmas

So back in December I wrote a post about how I was dreading Christmas and saying that all I wished for was "to enjoy the holidays." So here's how Christmas Eve and Christmas Day looked for us. I will ruin the suspense by saying that, although it wasn't necessarily the Christmas we originally wanted, it turned out to be a pretty great Christmas nonetheless.

We had a pretty quiet Christmas Eve day. We ran a few last minute errands, I did a bit of work, the kids played, and I made French Onion soup for supper. We headed off to our church's Christmas Eve service where both kids played the piano as a part of the prelude.
This was the first year where I wasn't worried about either kid setting themselves, or anything else, on fire during the candlelit portion of the service. And I was super-proud of myself because usually, if I'm not seeing my parents over Christmas, this service has me in tears but I didn't feel sad at all, which was such a gift. 
Rachel wanted a picture with two of her favourite people after the service.
They're two of my favourite people too!
Growing up, my family had chips and dips and pop and cheese and crackers on Christmas Eve. It was lovely and as we got older it evolved into appetizers. Now we're starting the chips and dip and cheese and crackers tradition with our kids too.
After we had had some snacks, we all got a new book and spent the rest of the evening reading. I also made a friends' apple cider bourbon recipe which was delicious! Yum!!!
Christmas morning tree pictures
We had told the kids we were going on a road trip the week of New Years but they didn't know where we were going. On Christmas morning they got tickets to the Buffalo Sabres/New York Islanders game in Buffalo on New Years Eve as well as tickets to Frozen on Broadway for early January. I think they were excited.
Rachel had this wrapped up for me under the tree and it was hilarious. It's our family, as snowmen, the Christmas I was pregnant with Rachel. I have no idea where she got the idea for this but it was hilarious!!! I laughed so hard!!!
Sam was super-excited that Dave attempted (and succeeded) at making the Christmas morning bacon.
Rachel got a Maplelea doll -- the Canadian version of American girl. She was really excited about this. She got Leonie, the girl from Quebec.
We lit the Christ candle on our Advent wreath.
We spent the afternoon skating...
...and stopping for Starbucks.
I didn't want to attempt a traditional turkey dinner so we had Christmas Day pizza instead.
And I ended the evening by reading fifty pages of the first book of Harry Potter to Rachel. She had been waiting forever for me to start reading it to her. And as of today, we only have about seventy-five pages left and she has been loving it.


  1. Looks like a beautiful Christmas to me! And I love the jammies! (I think I may have already told you that on IG, but I wanted to tell you again!) I'm trying to figure out how to find matching jams for us next Christmas. Ryan isn't a super matchy matchy lover - for himself.

  2. Christmas day pizza sounds good.

  3. So glad you had a merry Christmas! My (big) girls got their first American Girls too. Such fun!

  4. I'm so happy you had a fun Christmas after all. I LOVE your chips & dip tradition for Christmas Eve; so simple, delicious, and fun. I am giddy with excitement to start reading Harry Potter to Aaron. He knows he is getting the first book (illustrated- like yours) for his 6th birthday.

  5. I love your simple family Christmas! It looks so fun and peaceful. I know the feeling of not having other family with you. I grew up always getting together with my mom's big family at my Granny's house. But now, I appreciate the little joys of doing Christmas at our home with our family making our own traditions. I cannot wait to be able to just give "experiences" and travel for Christmas gifts. Evan would love it! I also love that we are both starting the Harry Potter journey with Rachel and Brody. Those two are such twins! 😊

  6. A simple Christmas is perfect and it looks like y'all had a great time. Trent and I are close to halfway through book 4 of HP and he told me last night (as we were reading the first challenge) 'I LOVE this book!!!' :)


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