(Take note of the tree skirt- I finished that yesterday and I love it!!!)
Things we love this Christmas season:
Amazon Prime (free 2 day shipping on almost everything) how will we ever live without you?
Packages and letters in the mail
The green grass- yes I said Green- there will be no white or brown Christmas here- it looks like summer out there! It may not be as warm but I will enjoy it as long as I can.
Our REAL beautiful Christmas tree adorned with mostly homemade decorations and a new tree skirt.
Each other- we are grateful to be together and healthy and happy.
The real reason we celebrate Christmas. Though Santa is fun we have really been trying to focus on Jesus Christ this season. We have made a point to talk about different parts of the Christmas story every day and read books that focus on the nativity. It has been a special Christmas for us all. We watched these videos yesterday together and the kids loved them. (Though Ruby had a hard time wrapping her head around the fact that they were just actors and it wasn't the real Joseph and Mary. She just thought they were being being video taped like she always is. We had to explain to her that there were no cameras back when Jesus was born... she couldn't believe it!)
Friends that we have made here that make it a little easier to be away from family at this time...
Simple traditions that are passed down- things like decorating the Christmas tree, making the house dark and turning on the Christmas tree lights and laying under it- just enjoying the beauty and wonder of Christmas.
Things we will miss this Christmas season
Family- of course. It just isn't the same without everyone. I keep thinking about what everyone is doing back home and wishing that we could be there too. Luckily it won't be too long until we are back visiting.
Snow- I know I was just bragging about the green Christmas that we are having- but lets be realistic- how can it really feel like Christmas without snow?
TOFFIFEE- Cannot find the stuff anywhere. How can it be Christmas if I don't have toffifee in my stocking? I know that they sell it down here (they actually spell it toffifay down here) but they must not sell it in ohio. So if anyone hears my plea- buy me a pack of toffifee and I will come and get it in January! (while I was writing this I looked it up on Amazon- they sell it, of course, 15 pieces for 10 dollars- does that seem right?)
We would just like to say Merry Christmas. Thank you for all you have done for us and for all the packages and love that we have received. We are grateful for this time of year to celebrate the miracle of Christ's birth and the magic of Christmas.