On Christmas Eve we went to Salem for the service. It was a beautiful night of singing traditional hymns with organ and strings laced with the scriptures. Between watching my two run back and forth between my parents and us, I was still mesmerized. The highlight of the night was the candle lighting while singing Silent Night. Although this happens every year, it was the first year that the girls were involved. Madison had her own candle. She is a walking fire hazard – she was trying to stand up on the bench, then get off the bench, then move around --- all with the candle lit in her little hands. Ellie helped me hold my candle. She did a great job, but made one of the funniest faces I have ever seen – eyes great big, mouth in an “o” shape, and focused on the flame. It killed the reverie of the song, but was well worth it. We all breathed a little easier when the candles were extinguished.
The girls also saw their cousins and Madison’s Columbus friend, Grace.
On Christmas morning we were at home. It was actually nice to know you could just enjoy Christmas with the family and not race off to somewhere else. Usually, we are celebrating with Yohs and Brickers, but those celebrations because of flights from out of state were switched to Thursday. So, we enjoyed our time. We opened up stockings before breakfast as a teaser of sorts. Madison found one of her top gifts of the day – glasses with plastic lenses. Ellie was excited about her Elmo bath book. They both got new water bottles. Then, we had breakfast – cinnamon rolls, eggs, and sausage links.
Then, we opened presents in earnest. It is all over too quickly, isn’t it? I don’t think they need more presents, just a slower process. Ellie received a Chuggington train set, a doctor’s set, and some books.
Madison received a ballerina mat and dress, some clothes, and a some dress up clothes.
We took naps after lunch – all of us, I think! Then, I invited my parents and Luke and Steph’s family over for supper. (My other siblings and Jeremy’s family were busy; I didn’t just neglect them!) It was a good end to the day to be with family in a low-key way. It was a good second Christmas celebration.