First, with Ella quickly approaching 3 years of age, and Michael being 6, the two of them really
understood what Christmas was all about. Having just had Michael's birthday and anticipating Ella's in January, they could easily understand the discussion of it being Jesus's birthday as well. More than that, the spirit of Santa Claus was very present in our house. Watching the wonderment in their eyes on Christmas morning makes being a parent so fun. AND, since we are divided into two households - my parents' and ours - we didn't open presents right away. The kids went through their stockings and remained occupied - even after the rest of the family came and we ate a pancake breakfast! They waited about 3 whole hours after waking up before touching their presents. And they waited VERY patiently too, I might add. I was very proud.
Second, having all the family together again under one roof made our Christmas very special. As it always is in my family, we get more joy out of giving gifts than receiving them. The actual opening of gifts can take quite a while when everyone wants to see the reactions of the receiver of the present. This year, Uncle Jared's reaction at ours and Gooning and Grandad's joint gift was priceless. We pitched in to buy him an iTouch. He was speechless. How fun.
Third, my lovely husband, as grumpy as he can be sometimes and as difficult as I can make his life, still is one of the most thoughtful gift givers ever. The gift I received from him made me feel so lucky and undeserving.
There are many other moments as well. I tried to capture them all with my camera so that I could remember them. But, I tried also to enjoy them as well. The food was delicious - Joey worked tirelessly (with some kitchen helpers) to produce an exquisite spread for our friends and family. We had ham, lamb, roasted veggies, my favorite sweet potatoes and more.
We had some guests again this year - as is a Tan (and Pearce) family tradition - to take in others who might otherwise have a lonely Christmas. The Evans came over for a second year - their family has grown over the year with the addition of baby Miles. Joey also spent several days before Christmas baking all our bread. How does a girl get so lucky???
Anyhow, here my wordless and mostly pictures post has turned into a wordy one. Hope all of you enjoyed your Christmases...wherever and whomever you were with.
Have a Happy New Year everyone!