Christmas Part 3

Our final Christmas celebration was on Christmas Day. Since I've been part of this family, each Christmas morning begins with Robby and me waking up, saying "Merry Christmas" to each other, and then heading over to his family's house for breakfast and stockings. I love it. It's warm and cozy and peaceful, and the day's festivities begin with Jerry reading the Christmas story.

Stockings are always lots of fun. There are the usual items--a fresh-picked orange (makes me think of Little Women every time) and a gold coin (real or's always a surprise), sometimes something fun and silly, like the tasty coal we received from Santa this year. Usually there is a favorite treat or the promise of one in the form of a gift card :) We each open our stocking and enjoy coffee and breakfast together. It really is a favorite time for me.

After we opened our stockings, we had a wonderful lunch and opened presents.
Bearing gifts!
Stocking time!
iPad mini -- yep, one spoiled girl
Jeff's new Kindle!
Debbie in cozies of her favorite color
Grandma and Jerry
Fancy shoes!
We spent most of the day at Robby's parents home, and ran over to my parents' just for a few minutes to wish them a merry Christmas.

I'm not sure why, but this year was one of my favorites. It helped that we didn't have a youth event planned two days later (that always is a bit stressful), but I also think things just came together this year. Schedules worked out, events lined up, and somehow amidst all the busyness I felt a calmness, which allowed me to focus on the true meaning of this season: our Savior's birth and the life he brings to us.


  1. looks like you had a wonderful holiday! how fun :) i am particularly jealous that yours does not include traveling via air, train or car (well, car over an hour!) merry christmas!


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