Sunday, December 28, 2008

The 12 Days of Christmas?

Christmas seemed to last a lot longer than one day. A lot longer than 12 days for that matter. We started celebrating with a family party and the ward Christmas party the first weekend of December and have not stopped. 5 family parties, 2 birthday celebrations, 2 friend's parties, Festival of Lights,decorating the tree, and caroling with neighbors have left us filled with the Christmas Spirit. But December has been one big blur. A wonderful, memory-making, fun-filled blur!

Christmas Caroling with our friends

Making a gingerbread house with Nana, Papa, Emily, and Rachel

The finished masterpiece.

Decorating also included an icing fight in which Andrew turned himself into Rudolph. He was quite tickled with himself.

Nibble, Nibble Like a Mouse

I spent a lot of the holidays in the kitchen. We had our traditional appetizers and treats Christmas Eve. I made caramel popcorn, artichoke dip, chili bean dip, buck eyes, a cheesecake ball, and sausage balls. I made Moravian Sugar Cake for breakfast Christmas morning.
After our treats we read the Nativity Story.

Then we acted out the story. Daddy was Joseph, Mommy was Mary, and Bob was Baby Jesus.
(We will have real baby dolls next year, with a baby girl in the house, I am sure).

Nana and Emily were Shepherds and Ryan was a reluctant sheep.

Andrew was the Angel Gabriel. He had memorized his part and said it beautifully. However this picture reminds me of the story of the Littlest Angel. The book is about a 4 year old boy angel who can't keep his halo or robe on right or clean, who swings on the Heavenly gates, and makes a most unheavenly noise when singing.

Rachel and Papa were the wisemen.

After the Nativity play we sang Christmas carols and played instruments. Then it was time to open presents from the Kruegers!

Emily and Rachel showing off their aprons and cooking supplies.

Outside to leave food for the reindeer.

Jammies on and one last bedtime story, and in a "surprising" turn of events, Andrew chose The Polar Express.

Ryan loved his stocking Christmas morning and kept returning to the empty stocking hoping to find more candy canes.

Ryan and Andrew loved their new kitchen.

After opening our gifts and eating breakfast, we headed to Colfax and ate lunch with Nanie Tu-tu and family.

Andrew loves playing with his cousin Austin.

Then down to Pinehurst to see Grandma and Grandpa and our Hiatt cousins.

It was beautiful so we were able to play outside a long time.

Then Saturday Grandma and Grandpa came to our house with Alex and Evin and Uncle Ben and Jen.

We had a lot of fun playing with this castle.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!


Christopher said...

The gingerbread house reminded me of when Bryan was building one with his Aunt on one of Carolyn's many trips to the hospital right before Thomas was born. He gave his aunt the candy to put on the house, but it was a "one fore the house, one for me" scenario. It should be interesting to see how it turns out this year.

Hindmarsh Family said...

In TX we call reindeer food, "ant food". I decided not to encourage the ants this year since the boys forgot all about it!