Our Christmas time was nothing short of lovely. We really had a wonderful few days as a family and I’m so thankful for this precious time together.
On Christmas Eve morning, I read to Zoey about the birth of Jesus from her Jesus Storybook Bible. I’ll go ahead and add that I don’t think the Jesus Storybook Bible is a replacement for an actual Bible for kids, it’s more of a supplement, but I won’t go into all of that. 😉 For her 4-year-old mind, this was fine and she’s heard the scriptures time and time again other days. I felt it was very important to kickoff the Christmas holiday with a moment to just focus on the “why” of our celebrations. She totally gets it, and I’m totally proud of that.
For breakfast, I made some bright pink pancakes with white chocolate chips and served it with strawberries and whipped cream.
We spent Christmas Eve day being lazy at home until we went to Glenn’s mom’s and step-dad’s house mid-afternoon. We had Christmas with them and Zoey was spoiled. She got the singing Elsa baby doll she wanted SO badly, a ton of insanely cute dress-up accessories, a Frozen look-and-find book, Frozen puzzles, a Frozen board game (are you sensing the theme yet?)… she really had a great time. For dinner, we grazed. It was all appetizers and just an eat-as-you-go type of set-up, which was nice. We enjoyed time laughing with family, watching the kids play, and just enjoying each other’s presence.
On Christmas morning, Zoey came skipping into our bedroom exclaiming “Santa’s been here! He came!”
Oh, the joy and excitement she had. It was something we had been looking forward to her entire life. This is the first Christmas where she gets it… the anticipation, the joy of giving, the excitement of receiving. She did bless us by sleeping in until almost 7 AM (glory!), so that was nice.
We started with her stocking. I already shared in my Stocking Stuffers Ideas post what we were putting in her stocking, so I won’t go into all of those details.
After her stocking, we moved onto the gifts from Santa. In our house, we wrap the gifts from Santa. I don’t understand the interest in having unwrapped gifts under the tree… the fun of Christmas is unwrapping, so in our house, everything is wrapped. Even the items in the stocking. Santa’s gifts all have Santa paper on them and a Santa tag, so it’s pretty obvious they’re from him. 😉
This year, Santa brought her:
- A Frozen Microphone
- Elsa barbie-sized doll
- Anna barbie-sized doll
- Guess Who board game
- Trouble board game
- A Volcano
Yes… a volcano. For some reason, Zoey was convinced that she needed a volcano… we have no idea where she got this from, but she knew she wanted one. Little did we know, she literally wanted Santa to bring her a full-sized volcano… like, in our front yard. Cue the tears from laughing so hard… I can’t even begin to understand where this thought came from, but during dinner we had to have the conversation with her that Santa isn’t God, he can’t just change the landscape because someone asks him to.
From the mouths of babes, I tell you.
So, after the Santa gifts, she moved onto the gifts from us. We got her:
- 2 Frozen shirts (from Zulily)
- A LeapPad Ultra
- LeapPad carrying case
- LeadPad game: Tangled
- LeapPad game: The Little Mermaid
She was in LOVE with the LeapPad. Elsa and Anna totally took a backseat to the LeapPad, which made me really happy because I wasn’t sure how much she would understand the LeapPad. I don’t think she even knew it existed, so it truly was a surprise for her.
Our meals for the day were just perfect. For breakfast, I made my traditional biscuit donuts with a chocolate glaze. All homemade, all amazing.
For lunch, we grazed: cheese squares, cherry tomatoes, cucumber tea sandwiches, strawberries, grapes, wheat thins. This lasted a few hours. 😉 For dinner, I roasted a turkey using my absolute favorite Rachael Ray recipe for Maple-Glazed Roast Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy, along with roasted red potatoes and roasted string beans with feta and cranberries. I didn’t bother with a Christmas dessert because we have 4 dozen cookies from last weekend (yikes), plus an array of treats we’ve collected lately. I bought some vanilla spice eggnog – that is dessert enough.
Glenn’s two sisters stayed with us Christmas Eve night and spent Christmas Day with us, so it was nice having that quality time with them as well, especially since Misty is heading to Mexico soon for a long-term missions trip. We enjoyed the day as a family, without worry, without drama, without pain. I even took an afternoon nap, ya’ll.
The day could not have been more perfect.
I hope you all had as wonderful of a Christmas as I did. What did you do for Christmas?