This is the 8th Christmas day that I've spent with my daughter, and the 5th one I've spent with my son, and the 12th that I've spent with Dan, and without a doubt it was the sweetest, simplest one ever. My favorite, by far.
this sweet tree has been a grace to us this month.
it's our Jesse tree, and don't you just love those ornaments hung at child level?
each night, as we read the Word together, the kids hung the corresponding ornament, and it was the most important part of each day of advent.
We started the morning with opening stockings at the counter while Mommy got breakfast in oven.
(You can see the homemade cinnamon rolls in the bottom right corner. I didn't take a picture of the finished product, but yummers.)
After the cinnamon rolls and tomato grits were in the oven,
we all curled up in our bed to finish reading the last part of Jotham's Journey, and the Biblical account of Jesus' birth from Luke 2.
Then, in honor of the greatest Gift the earth has been given, we gave gifts to each other. This year, for the first time, we vastly simplified our gift-giving. We each got 5 gifts: something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read, and something to give.
Lana's "something you want" gift was a keyboard & lessons to take piano lessons from her music teacher at school, Ms. Driver. I absolutely love this progression of pictures:
I love this sweet video Dan took of her realizing she gets to take lessons,
but the best part is Tucker's interjection all the way at the end of the video.
Tucker's "something you want" was a LeapPad 2. My electronics-addicted boy was so happy - he just hugged and hugged the package. He called it his "ipad."
Then he handed it off to Dan for opening, and he danced around the room.
The rest of the present opening was equally precious, and included a rug for the playroom (something you need), pajamas and cowboy boots (something to wear), books for all (something to read), and money to be used exclusively on others (something to give).
Then we spent the day doing exactly what we wanted to do all day long.
board games. napping. so much food. movies. snow. playing.
I actually cannot remember a day where we had no plans at all outside of being together and enjoying each other and doing exactly what we wanted.
One of the highlights was baking our birthday cake for Jesus.
Ok, so let me just confess that I felt like this was kind of cliche, but the kids were super excited about it, so I decided to go with it and see how it went.
They absolutely loved every minute.
They did it all, and it turned out to be the sweetest thing.
Before we ate it, they wanted to sing happy birthday and then they prayed, all on their own, without any prompting from us. I cried and now they'll have to do this until they are 30 years old themselves because I cannot get over their preciousness.
Seriously, the best day ever. Lana thought so, too: click here to listen
We were all like that - our cups were just so full, and it had absolutely nothing to do with the gifts, and everything to do with our souls. We had fat souls today, people.
Don't think we left out our sweet Pepper.
She thoroughly enjoyed her Christmas hambone:
Merry Christmas from Team Davis to all of you!