This is a photo from Dwayne's company's Christmas party. We always go to this event and get this same picture in front of the tree. At this point, we can track our aging in the photos of this events.
We always attend church on Christmas Eve, too. Christmas Eve is one of the only times I make efforts and take expense to get everyone dressed up. The other time is Easter. On regular Sundays, we go to church, but we just wear our nicer casual clothes.
These are common sights for me in winter: bare trees and blue sky (or grey skies), fires in the hearth, and my tree.
We read The Advent Book each night of December. It's the story of Jesus' birth from the book of Luke. By the end of the month, we all have it memorized. Each night, we also read one prophecy about the Messiah in the Old Testament and we read its fulfillment by Jesus in the New Testament.
This December, I took Norah to Andrew Peterson's "Behold the Lamb." We felt so blessed that the concert was held at our church. So convenient! And, to us, it felt so cozy, too.
We always open new pajamas on Christmas Eve.
This year, I put these fun glasses in with the pajamas. When you look through the glasses at the tree lights, you see various Christmas shapes.
Here I took a photo through the glasses. You can see snowflakes!
We always finish our Advent book on Christmas morning after breakfast and before gifts.
This year, the girls got t-shirts from movies or shows they like.
Norah's a Trekkie, like her dad (and her mom). I do enjoy Star Trek, but I've seen them all once or twice now, so I just can't commit the time to watching the shows a third of forth time. Maybe that makes me less of a fan than other fans. But Dwayne watches them with Norah and they enjoy that time together.
Our family usually goes to the Star Wars movies when they come out, so we are all big fans of that movie series, too. We are a family of three girls, so we love the fact that there is a leading girl Jedi in the current story line.
And I always love to get the girls a Lego set, so I can help them put it together. I get a set that can be done in a few hours on Christmas day and we all help.