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We like to keep Christmas simple here in our house. We don’t put up a tree or exchange gifts but this doesn’t mean we don’t celebrate! We decorated sugar cookies (several different times in fact). We read The Greatest Christmas Pagent Ever together (my kids were rolling with laughter over the Herdman children’s antics.
We made graham cracker houses.
I wanted to surprise the kids with gingerbread house kits…but I went shopping on December 23rd and didn’t find a single one in the five stores I went to! As a last ditch effort, I spent $15 on graham crackers, frosting, and gumdrops. Guess what? They made amazing graham cracker houses and we decided this would be a new Christmas tradition!
We went to a Christmas Eve service at church and came home to listen to Christmas music and have delicious snacks. The girls got all dressed up and asked me to take their picture.
On Christmas morning the kids opened their stockings. Each child received a book and Apollo received the Slinky he has wanted since October. He was over the moon and kept telling me how happy he was. Yes, our six-year-old was completely satisfied with: an orange, candy cane, pack of gum, candy and a Slinky for Christmas. He wouldn’t have been any happier with a dozen gifts. It’s not that he never received gifts (remember the Lion Temple?) For us Christmas simply isn’t a gift-giving holiday for us. Don’t worry, I have a surprise up my sleep for New Year’s Day. Just don’t tell my kids.
On Christmas day we went to church, had Christmas dinner with my parents and laughed ourselves silly over The Game of Things.
The day after Christmas (or Boxing Day for my Canadian family) we headed up to Canda and spend the day with my inlaws.
We laughed and laughed as we tried to figure out what the heck this was and what you were supposed to put together. I laughed until my stomach hurt! Back at home I googled it and realized it is part of this Seaplane set. Why LEGO felt they needed a separate instruction manual for this, I’ll never understand…
The boys loved playing with Grandma’s “vintage” LEGO sets.
How was your Christmas?Busy or calm?What was the best gift in your house?