Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas 2014

After a beautiful candlelight Christmas Eve service last night with our new Hillcrest family

these precious ones put on their new Christmas pajamas (a tradition from my childhood)
and were in bed by 7:00 p.m.!

Good thing, because at 9:00 p.m., these guys were helping Dan make a special delivery to our house:
We were so thankful for their help late at night on Christmas Eve!

For Christmas, each person in our family gets 
something you want
something you need
something to wear
and something to read.
Although it felt strange at first, I've come to love doing it this way because it helps me avoid the access, while deliberately choosing meaningful, significant gifts for each person.

Here was this year's lineup:
                  want                          need                 wear                              read
Lana          new journals             piano                robe & blanket      Wingfeather series
Tucker      micro chargers           bike                robe & blanket      books on cd
Dan          Van's boots                 yard tools        Alabama shirt                New Morning Mercies
Rachael    cable knit blanket       running shoes  perfume                         People magazine

We went to bed around midnight, 
and set our alarm for 6:30 a.m. to beat the kids awake.

The sleeping beauties finally rolled out of bed at 7:00.
Love these faces!

Their something you wants and something you needs were unwrapped,
so they spent a while enjoying those surprises!

 Then they hit the stockings!

 After stockings, we enjoyed blueberry coffee cake, sausage, and fruit for breakfast.
We spent some time reading from Luke 2, and finishing our advent book and Jesse Tree:

 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, 
glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth....
for from his fullness we have all received grace upon grace....
Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world....  
(1 John)

There is little sweeter than giving to each other lavishly,
and rejoicing in Jesus together,
because He has given us so much.

This guy.  
Stockings always have favorite candy,
and I truly have no idea how much he consumed today.
 A lot, to be sure.
Every time I looked at him he was stuffing it in.

Then it was time to open our other gifts!

 Sweet faces.  So content.

 The kids each got to pick out a present for each other,
and they chose (with a little nudge from mommy) 
to give each other the same thing!

They were an absolute hit - one of the first things they wanted to play with!
 Unfortunately, they are not terribly durable, 
and were both busted by the day's end.

Pepper was pretty thrilled with her gifts, as well.
This bone was gone within minutes!

 the aftermath:

And then, as has become our tradition,
we spent the day doing exactly what we wanted to.
We didn't once change out of pajamas or fix our hair or make our beds or do much of anything responsible besides brush our teeth.

We enjoyed a delicious meal, courtesy of a very dear and generous friend,
who blessed us extravagantly from Honeybaked Ham, 
so that I could stay out of the kitchen and just enjoy my family.
Grace upon grace.
This doesn't show the huge ham, or the delicious key lime pie for dessert.

Merry Christmas from Team Davis!

 What an absolutely wonderful day!
Tomorrow will be spent in our traditional way:
putting away Christmas, cleaning the house, and getting ready to ring in the new year!