Well, all of our chicks are back in the nest for the holidays! 11 of us in our modest mobil home. We're missing son-in-law and granddaughter. Son-in-law will be spending Christmas in Afghanistan and granddaughter is with her mom in Virginia.
I love this time of year. I can do without the commercialism and the stress but I sure do love the rest of it!
We've taken a lot of the commercialism and stress away by paring way down on the gifts. Each child made a list of people that they wanted to give to. They had to make as many gifts as possible and use their own money for the rest.
We are taking all gifts to Grandma's on Christmas Eve. We'll spend the day together eating, playing, giving and loving.
Christmas day the kids will have their stockings to open and all day to play with their things and be with family. The older kids & I will make a full-blown Christmas Dinner and grandparents will come share with us.
We made cookies & sweet-bread for friends, neighbors and the people at Carpenter's work.
Next year we will have even less store-bought gifts and will have activities for the 12 days of Christmas.
Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, wo is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." Luke 2:10-12