We put up our tree and decorated for Christmas. (I really liked that star, but now I wish I would have gotten a lit one.)
I took some bathroom-mirror selfies
so I could make this little announcement which I posted on Facebook.
Here's another few bathroom mirror selfies on a Sunday.
My mom's box of chocolates arrived in the mail which was absolutely so exciting! I had made a few of my own, but mostly I gorged on English Toffee because it is my favorite and it is delicious. So so so delicious. Worth-gaining-twenty-pounds-for delicious.
We had a very very warm December (s'all good with me!!) and so one particularly nice day these boys were out motorsickling in their t-shirts.
Brett drove to North Carolina and bought this van for us at an auction. We are still driving the minivan until Brett can find a bench to put in the back (it just has two now).
I think this is Christmas Eve on a little walk.
Then we came home and made Grittibänz (little bread men that were everywhere in Switzerland around Christmas time-- see here for more info (near the end)).
This one's mine.
Some people got way more creative ideas --I think Talmage had Brett help him do the shark, and Orrin had Brett help him with the whale.
And Jethro--psycho guy that he is, made a WWII soldier in a gas mask with a gun (I'm sure he would be able to tell you exactly what kind it was) who was shot in the shoulder. Complete with blood. ??? Yeah, I know, boys are weird. Especially boys obsessed with WWII.
My favorite tradition ever---hoagies for Christmas Eve dinner!!!! With grape juice/ginger ale to drink. Oh the deliciousness is beyond measure. It was
After dinner, new pajamas! Sheesh my kids are getting big.
I made these nightgowns for the girls, for what purpose you shall see in a later post. :)
We tried to read/act out the nativity, but it was a struggle because the kids were soooo crazy. Fun times.
Mary on the donkey.
Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus.
The angel bringing tidings of great joy to the shepherds.
Mary and a wise man.