Whispered secrets in the hallway . . . the rustle of wrapping paper behind closed doors . . . the aroma of freshly-baked Christmas cookies . . . the peaceful glow of the Christmas tree . . . all those special things that warm the heart and make treasured memories . . .
The kiddos have been so excited to open a “stocking present” each night this week. Weston doesn’t remember Christmas last year, so he has been doubly excited! And Kendra? She wasn’t even here last year! (She does love her animal crackers!)
Everyone is looking forward to our traditional Christmas morning breakfast–a Christmas cookie buffet! The children are laying plans for eating huge quantities of cookies, but they always get too excited to eat half as many as they intended. 🙂
After breakfast, we will be reading the Christmas story together before opening gifts. We always open one gift at a time so everyone can enjoy the celebration. (Less chaos is definitely a good thing!)
Our family enjoys staying home on Christmas Day, so I’m sure I’ll be busy in the kitchen for a good part of the morning. On the menu: ham, baked potatoes, green bean casserole, corn, applesauce, and my mom’s famous punch. Regretfully, I’m skipping the Deluxe Potato Casserole and Cheesy Broccoli Casserole this year; I just can’t bear to make them and not be able to eat them (due to Kendra’s dairy sensitivity).
We are usually able to coax my parents-in-law into visiting in the afternoon. I don’t think we’ll have to coax too much–as soon as the little ones start asking about Grandpa and Grandma, they’ll be on their way! We’ll celebrate with my side of the family–all thirty-some of us–on New Year’s Eve.
Merry Christmas to each of you, my friends! I’ll be taking a short blogging break through the end of December, but I’m already looking forward to good things here at Contented at Home in 2012!
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