Merry Early Christmas!
Since we were originally planning to leave next week for Kazakhstan, we already had everything ready to celebrate Christmas on December 13th. When our travel plans got pushed back, we gave the kids the choice - stick with Early Christmas or celebrate on the 25th. It will come as little surprise that they chose to open presents two weeks early :)
So today is Christmas! Our day started with a generous kid-approved sleep in until 7:45 and a breakfast prepared by Sam! Life cereal for breakfast, a family favorite. What a swell kid.
After breakfast came the traditional dramatic reading of the Christmas Story from Luke and Matthew. For the second year in a row, Sam did the reading - this year in the King James version! Ben and Daddy provided a moving interpretation of the story using our stuffed nativity set. And, yes, once again it was the most boisterous and often violent retelling around... if it wasn't the angel bouncing on the shepherds, it was Ben the Giant stomping in to wreck havoc. Oh well, it's all about making the Bible relevant, right? (things I tell myself to make it all feel better)
We had a lovely day opening gifts, playing new board games, assembling Legos, making cookies, watching the snow fall outside, and looking pretty darn fine in this year's tie dyes (see previous years here - 2007, 2006, and 2005). I try to select a shirt that's relevant to the year's interests, so this Christmas it's shirts with the seal of Kazakhstan! I think it's some of my nicest work yet... and the orange shirt Ben's holding is Sestra's for when she comes home!
And now we're 30 minutes away from dinner, so I better go find the table under all of those Legos. Merry Early Christmas to all!