Our third Christmas celebration landed on Christmas morning.  Very early Christmas morning.  Like 4AM.  We decided to have it before Brian went in for milking, so that I wasn’t having to fend off little hands all morning. (Although, I don’t think that would have been a problem for Christian.)

Yeah, the kids weren’t overly thrilled to be woken from sleep so early, but once I told Olivia, a number of times, that Santa had come, she came racing out to the living room overflowing with excitement.  Christian, however, just laid on Brian’s lap. Very upset about being awake and the opening of gifts.  Eventually, he got up and ran downstairs, so we opened his gifts for him then they were OK.  (If we only knew that would have been an issue ahead of time, we could have saved much time on the wrapping of gifts. 😉 )

Another enjoyable Christmas celebration.  With the glorious reminder of it being Jesus’ birthday. 🙂


We survived enjoyed our second Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve evening at the farm.  Since we were unable to attend church easily (around the milking schedule), Brian led the family in a simple, yet lovely devotion focusing on God’s love for us and our need for a Savior.  Brian’s idea was to have a candle lit after each section of scripture.  Christian’s idea was to blow out a candle after each section of scripture.  (At least it was a semi-informal setting, so the family didn’t get too thrown off by the movie rearranging taking place in the middle of the devotion that I had to redirect him to so that he wouldn’t obsess about said candles. 😉 )

After dinner, we settled in to the “front room” to open gifts.  Christian was not too happy about being there, though, he preferred being in the adjoining dining room, so we brought his gifts to him there.  However, Christian had developed a “fear” of opening presents, so we had to open them for him (usually when he wasn’t looking) and then he could enjoy what was inside.  (I figure for his birthday we can have everyone bring his gifts in reusable grocery bags.  He LOVES to go through the bags when I get home from the store and then we’re “green,” too.  😉 )

Anyway, lovely time with everyone at the farm.  🙂  (And I was so glad that we didn’t have too far to travel to get back home. I can handle the one-minute car ride. 😉 )

On Sunday, we survived had a lovely Christmas with my family.  It was SO nice to have the whole family together (we missed my brother-in-law, NK, though) as we haven’t been all together in over a 1-1/2 years and there have been 3 more babies added to the family just this year.  It was a fairly relaxing day, especially after Christian received a Leapfrog Text N Learn and could instant message Scout, the virtual puppy, all about Nick Jr., associate producers, and Columbia TriStar Pictures.  🙂  Olivia received lots of dress-up clothes, so was busy trying those on for the rest of the day in-between playing with all of her cousins.  It was a really pleasant day with good food, lots of babies, and a chance to catch up with family (and a little caffeine 😉 ).