Christmas 2017

Christmas day dawned below zero but sunny, and we were all excited with the anticipation of spending the day with David, Kayla and the babies!

We decided to do a brunch this year, and then have snack foods for the late afternoon/early evening.

It was a delicious plan!

For the meal we had a fresh fruit salad, two kinds of cinnamon rolls, egg bake, sausage stuffed mushrooms, bacon, yogurt, granola, cubed and roasted sweet potatoes and beets, and dates stuffed with almonds and wrapped in bacon.

Yummy!

It was delicious and we always enjoy sharing a meal together!

I know this photo is blurry, but I love it so much anyway!

While the kitchen crew cleaned up a bit, NaiNai (that’s me!) read some books to the littles.

These little ones are SO precious!!

This little man, who is 6 1/2 months old, is army crawling already.

He gets to the things he wants to get to!

We had drawn names to exchange Christmas gifts (I think sometime before Thanksgiving!).

We went in order from youngest to the oldest to give their gift to the name they had drawn.

Each time someone started opening their gift on their turn, it drew a crowd!

We also had those gifts from my Mom to open, and Blake had gifts for Lane, Tate and Eliza from work.

Blake’s boss buys gifts for all of his employees’ children that are under the age of 10.

Eliza got this art set from Blake’s work, and I think the smile says it all!

The rest of the day we hung out, napped all people six years old and under, played games, ate snacks, drank lots of coffee, and just enjoyed BEING together!

In a book I am reading, I read this week that the older you get the less your focus rests on temporary things, but instead it rests more on eternal things.

I must be getting old – because for me this is SO true!

The story of the birth of Christ has just come SO alive for me – they were real people, going through real things, and a real Mary delivered a real baby in a real barn – a baby who later was beaten, whipped, and hung on a cross to die for ME.

For US.

Christmas and all of the traditions that come with it are very, very special, yes!

But only if we do not lose sight of the REAL meaning.

Christ, our Savior was BORN!

To give us LIFE!

Eternal LIFE!

I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas….and have reflected on its TRUE meaning as well!!

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