Christmas has come and gone [sniff!] but we just had to share a couple more posts with you! We were so extremely busy during the weeks around Christmas that blogging got put on the ‘to do later’ list. Some of us were trying to finish fourteen projects in one week :O
First, we had our cantata. I absolutely love Christmas and I absolutely love cantatas. So Christmas cantatas are the best, naturally! We did Ron and Shelley Hamilton’s cantata called ‘He Gave Everything’ and it went quite well. We’ve done three cantatas so far and this one has had the most acting in it. The people played the parts SO well and fit right into their role…they had us laughing multiple times 😀
This picture was beforehand while Kelsey and I were getting our harps tuned up and we were waiting to begin.
Singing! There are few things better than singing together with church family 😉
This Silent Night/Still, Still, Still medley is one of my favorites 🙂 The quality of the video isn’t the bestest, but it gives you a little bit of an idea of what it sounded like.
We had a children’s choir this time and they did such a good job (and were just plain cute!) singing their song, ‘If You’re Gonna Make a Difference’ 😀
Another highlight of December was getting to see our dear friends the DIXONS! It had been three years since we had seen each other in real life and it was SO good to see them and hug them again!
We played many a game of Dutch Blitz and had lots of fun. They hadn’t played the game before so we started out slow, but they caught on quite fast and I told them I could tell they were getting good, because we were starting to slap each others’ hands trying to get the cards down fast enough 😀
Did I mention that it was SO good to see them again?!!!
While we were having a lively game of Dutch Blitz, the younger set were having a lively game of Monopoly 😀
Playing with train sets…
A game of Apples to Apples
Once I was in the kitchen and I saw Samuel going for the camera, so I rushed over and we grabbed it at the same time 😀 He quickly gave it up and then struck this pose and said, “Take a picture!” How could I resist?!!
I love all the faces!
Isaac, Isaiah and Leah had a game of chess
Samuel thought he could help us by sitting on the counter and walking on our cards 😀 It was so much fun to have a little person around again! The evening went by too fast and we were sad when they had to go. I think several of us thought the same thing Eric said when it was time for them to go, “What? Already?”…and it was 12:30 a.m. by that point 😀
Highlight number three…Santa Claus came to town 😀 Okay…Mr-fireman-dressed-like-santa came in his firetruck and gave us all a bag of candy.
It is always a tradition and highlight of the Christmas season when he comes…the younger ones squeal when they hear the sirens and even we older girls look forward to this.
We’re probably the only 20-somethings in our little town who still get a bag of candy since we’re all there to greet him when he comes up to our door 😀
This year’s ‘Santa’ was a very good jolly one 😀 We’ve had a few ‘skinny’ ones before and we always comment on how well they ‘ho, ho, ho’ 😀
Isaiah trying to decide what it is he wants for Christmas (since Santa asked him). We don’t ‘do’ Santa at our house…he’s just someone who gives us candy a few days before Christmas…so when this giant red man asks the little people what they want for Christmas, I think it throws them off a little. They’re probably wondering what he has to do with getting them a present 😀 The look on Isaiah’s face is very cute!
Getting candy from Santa Claus
‘Santa’ telling us he’d ‘be back’ on Christmas Eve (and we all snicker to ourselves since we know better) 😀
Then we watched out the window until the flashing lights were gone…
Good bye Santa! See you next year!
What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?
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