The Christmas fun has begun!
As has become a tradition in our house over the past few years, the Saturday before Christmas (or, more accurately, the Saturday before our Christmas travel) is a special day in the Squires household. It is the day that Travis and the kids and I celebrate our family Christmas! This past Saturday was that very special and memorable day for us.
On Saturday morning, we woke up and started our day as usual. I got myself ready and then hit the kitchen to prepare a quick and easy but yummy breakfast of ham and egg sandwiches. After breakfast, we dressed the kids in their Christmas outfits. turned on our Chris Tomlin Christmas CD, and gathered in front of the tree for a family picture;
a reading of the Christmas story (In the past, Travis has read to us straight from the Bible; but this year, we read this great children’s book called The First Christmas by Carol Heyer. It is a complete and accurate retelling of the Christmas story and is beautifully illustrated.); a short time of prayer; and, of course, gift opening!
Each of the kids got three gifts from Travis and me, and their excited and thankful reactions to each were enough to bring tears of happiness to my eyes. It just feels good to give good gifts to our children, doesn’t it? And, of course, our ability to give them material blessings made me thankful once again for God’s provision in our lives.
After opening gifts, I served a nice but easy lunch; and then while Isabel and Elliana took their afternoon nap, Abel and Amariah played with their new toys. That evening, we went to Carlos O’Kelley’s for dinner (A nice meal out has also become a part of our family Christmas tradition. It’s something we don’t do very often, and it enables us to spend more time as a family and less time working in the kitchen.); and, afterwards, we drove around looking at Christmas lights.
Oh! And, I’ll bet you are wondering what Travis and I got each other for Christmas! Well… we haven’t really done gifts for each other over the past several years. But, this year, we decided to get ourselves a joint gift–this Nikon Coolpix S8100 camera! Of course, we “opened” our gift prior to Saturday so that we could familiarize ourselves with it and use it to capture Saturday’s memories.
And, a memorable day it was!