We alluded to it in our last post, and what made our Christmas, Part 2, so special was that this was the first year we have ever woken up at our house as a family on Christmas Day! (even for Marc & I in our 12 years of marriage!)
And it was a beautiful, quiet morning to just be our own little family.
Since our big Christmas celebration was already at Nanny's, we decided to go for a modest Christmas together. Just a few presents, much of it second-hand. I don't know, call me crazy, but I think there's just something to be said for being more content when you have less, you know? When I think about the most grateful and happiest people I've ever met in my life, they're always those who appear to have the least. Plus I think about all the kids across the world who have NOTHING (not even food to eat!) and comparatively, we live like KINGS.
And then I think about Jesus, who deserved ALL the riches in the WORLD, stooped down and entered our world in the most humbling way possible. The very point of Christmas is that though He was the King of the universe, He condescended to live with less. Much less. Because he loved us.
So I try to restrain myself from wanting to give my kid the entire WORLD (which I so, SO want to do!!). Hence, (in the picture above) finding a thank you card from your preschool teacher in your stocking is like MAGIC!
Oooh, what else is in here? Some nail polish, a sparkly baton (aka "princess wand")...
And yep! My kid was thrilled to get an orange in her stocking! ha ha! (oh the things you can get away with when they're young!)
Our neighbors were so sweet to leave a huge bag of goodies for Caroline on our porch.
And perhaps the biggest hit this year....
Oh yes....sparkly "Twinkle Toe" shoes that make an almost-4-year-old-gasp-with-delight-because-they-are-so-incredibly-colorful-you-need-sunglasses-just-to-look-at-them, PLUS they light up when you walk! Everybody say "ooooooooooh." (and do you think Caroline cares that they're gently used off ebay? ha!)
Another big hit? Hungry Hippos!! (Remember that game?) Our family must have played it twenty times the first day!
It was a very merry Christmas, indeed. Hope it was the same for you!