Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Comfort and Joy


It's Christmas morning and everything is pretty cozy here. After a wonderfully spiritual yet fun-filled Christmas Eve, which is where we really focus on the religious significance of this holiday, Santa made his rounds and everyone seems happy. Our gifts get simpler and simpler each year, as the kids mature and start to understand the difference between needs and wants and also to understand how blessed they already are. There was also more spontaneous giving between the siblings, which was heart-warming to see. A breakfast of Eric's waffles rounded out the traditional part of the day nicely. For us, the tradition of Christmas day is that there are no traditions. Usually it is the deep breath after all the preparations-we tend to stay in jammies, nap, read new books and watch new DVDs until we feel like doing something in the afternoon, like a walk outside, a trip back to my mom's or a movie. My son Jeff, who is serving a mission for our church in Panama, will call this afternoon, and that will be a highlight. We may have some webcam chats with friends and family, and that will also be lovely. I am overwhelmed by the love and generosity that I and my family have been the beneficiaries of this holiday season. I'm so thankful for this time of year when, regardless of beliefs, everyone seems to be looking for the light and opening their hearts just a little more.

Here are some highlights from last night at my Mom's:

8 comments:

  1. Sounds lovely. I love the picture!

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  2. Sounds wonderful, christmas sure changes over the years as children grow. What a great photo.

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  3. That's a big crowd in that picture!! How fun!! Merry Christmas to you guys!!

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  4. That's a great picture. How great to talk to Jeff. I'm sure that was the best part of your Christmas day. Love your family!

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  5. What great family traditions you have. I especially love the husband making breakfast part. Merry Christmas.

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  6. What a beautiful family! So glad you had a good Christmas.

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  7. I'm glad you had such a warm and happy Christmas. I love the portraits in your slideshow.

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  8. well ditto to what Heather said. that was just what I was going to add, I loved how you captured your family's expressions. you must have a really nice camera and be photographer or something to get such great natural shots and lighting like that.... ;) tee hee.

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