Sunday, January 1, 2012

Making Traditions

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! We spent Christmas in AR this year. We spend Christmas in TX every other year and this was our year to stay home. I was actually so glad that we didn't travel this year because Logan is into EVERYTHING right now. I don't think I would have been able to enjoy myself for one minute if I had to keep him out of trouble for several days in someone else's home.

Tradition #1: Making a gingerbread house! Madison and her friend, Beckett enjoyed decorating this beauty.
Tradition #2: Reading "The Birth of Jesus" with Grandpa. Grandpa read this special book to everyone, (but Madison in particular,) before we opened presents. She was a very good listener. I can't wait for her to absorb more and more of the Christmas story each year.

The kids were super tired, so it was a little crazy, but that's how it usually is with kids!

Tradition #3: Attending the Candlight Service at our church. This is one thing that we missed out on as a family growing up because we were always in TX. This is a Freyaldenhoven tradition that I have enjoyed taking part in. Madison enjoyed holding her candle during the service.

After the service, we heading over to Gabe's parents and enjoyed finger foods and each opened one present...another family tradition of the Freyaldenhovens-tradition #4.

Tradition #5: Christmas Morning at OUR house! We've decided that we will have our Christmas on Christmas morning each year. It was fun watching Madison enjoy opening each present this year. Her favorite gifts? Dora bandaids, Dora panties, and sippy cups!

Tradition #6: We headed to Gabe's parents mid-morning and opened presents there. Santa was very generous with the stocking goodies this year!

Best present ever!

But my favorite part about Christmas? The food! We enjoyed a SPREAD of delicious food on Christmas day and I ate to my heart's content.

Hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas!


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