I'm really glad I started getting ready for it September though, because I ran out to time to do all the things I had planned as it was.
The 21st was spent cleaning the house, working on gifts not yet finished, and adding extra decorations for our family's arrival. We had some adorable look helpers too.
Our awesome family was so wonderful and helped us finish cleaning the house when they arrived and we ordered Mexican food for dinner. I don't know why, maybe it's my Southern California roots, but I always feel like eating Mexican food at Christmas time.
After spending most of Christmas Eve wrapping a closet full of presents (that's tradition right?...remind me to start earlier on that next year) it was time to put the kids to bed.
Rosie got into her Christmas Pajamas and we went outside and put Reindeer food on the ground for Santa's reindeer. Then we got some Gluten Free cookies for Santa. Aunt Annie said we had to put carrots out for Rudolf too. She told Rosie that Rudolf comes down the chimney with Santa every year. And then Rosie said Santa would like Egg Nog instead of milk. She's so thoughtful.
Then off to bed our little Angel went.
The nativity in the church was lovely. They always do SUCH a great job decoration for Christmas. I love Christmas time in our Church because you can see Jesus at every stage of his life all at once.
Rosie got to pass out the first gift of the day. And here it is! The big sewing project we've been working on.
Growing up Stevie was always Santa. We always dressed him up as Santa and had him hand out the presents. So this year I wanted to make him a really nice Santa jacket for Christmas. But I wanted to make it kind of cool and hip looking since Stevie is, well, hip and cool.
So it was extra special when about a week before Christmas I convinced Yue to join us for a true American Family Christmas. Complete with kids and crazy relatives, wrapping on Christmas Eve, leaving cookies for Santa and people sleeping all over the house.
It was such an unexpected blessing to have one of our dearest friends from China be able to join us for Christmas in the US. To be able to know us in China and then see our life here in the US was like two worlds coming together. I talk so much about our friends in China to my family in the US, and I told my friends in China so much of my family in the US. So you can imagine what a wonderful experience and treat it was for the two to come together.
After everyone left and things were quiet at home the kids enjoyed playing with their special new toys. Obi likes to follow Rosie around the house while she goes shopping with her new shopping cart. It's nice to see them playing together.
This was a wonderful Christmas. One of the best ones I can remember in a very long time. Even though we managed to get sick on Christmas Eve eve and I completely lost my voice. It was an extra special Christmas.
Thank you everyone who came and slept all over the house. I know it was crowded but it was so fun to have everyone together.
Thank you to every one who brought and sent gifts and lovely cards. The love and thoughtfulness that came with them touched our hearts immensely.
May the magic and joy, generosity and love of Christmas stay with you all year long and may you have a blessed New Year.