Christmas, has come - the gifts exchanged, excitement dealt and food enjoyed.
Littles enjoyed each and every experience, including the learning of many a Christmas carols and new traditions. A happy four year old who receives - but what else - ♪ ♫ a hippopotamus for Christmas ♫ ♪
Hand made toys and less commercialism was our goal this year and I purchased this adorable hippo at a local craft show...though you can't really see it as it is clutched so lovingly in her hands.
And little sister got the joy of a homemade teddy from a woman and friend from our church. It was loved so deeply that in a few short days it lost it's eyes. Ah well, it is still great for hugs!
We were given this sweet cleaning set from a relative who picked it up new but second hand...if that makes sense - but yes, they said it was fine to give it to the kids for Christmas. So after stashing it away for months it was finally unveiled that morning.
And thankfully much to the delight of my little ones and I'm sure they will be big helpers now! Or at least they get a kick out of tickling each other with the duster.... *sigh!* :)
And ahh, a little kudos to myself next - for I had set a crazy goal of making dolls for the girls for Christmas. I mean you know, being pregnant, having to make Christmas dinner for my large in-law family, shopping, cooking, baking, kitchen renovating...it just wasn't enough - so I set forth on a doll making adventure.
Let's just say...it's been a few years since I've sewn...and my latest 'sewing' endeavours have included such tasks as hemming curtains....where in I sorta just cut them.....then leave 'em that way....
Not too shabby for someone who hates all things math and measuring!!!!
And this momma was proud and overjoyed to see how it was love on first sight on our Christmas morning!
So dinners were enjoyed, family time indulged in and a whirl wind of days flew by. We set new traditions, including the moving of our gift exchange off of the 25th and to another day...officially dubbed Giftmas!
Thanks to you all who supported the idea - I appreciated the comments - it's nice to know I'm not complete off the edge.....yet!
We continue to look at this season in new light each year - trying to figure out, for us, what the celebration of our Saviour's birth should look like. But family, worship, love, peace of heart and the simple things are all a good place to start!
My hubby is putting the girls down now, so I stole some time to log in one last post for 2011.
I look forward to the year ahead, to all the Lord will have for us - for the blessings and even the challenges....(feel free to remind me of that at a later date!) I look forward to growing closer to Him and learning more about loving Him - as scary as that can be at times.
So I sit here at the dawn of a New Year and though we don't do resolutions and the such - who doesn't appreciate a fresh start? My children are about settled in bed, a blessing grows in me and hope for all the next year has, is only hours away.
Whether or not I'm awake to see it come in....
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU!