Sunday, December 26, 2010
Time for the quintessential Christmas post! But again, this blog is every bit as much a journal for me as entertainment for you. Read what you want. You're here by choice. ;)
We spent Christmas Eve with Cody's family. This was really special. We invited whoever could make it to our house and prepared their traditional "Jerusalem Dinner." We try to eat foods that Christ would have eaten, so we had lamb, fish, figs, dates, olives, grapes and grape juice, vegetables, cheese, and unleavened bread. Attending the evening festivities were: us (Cody and I, Lee and Anna); Raychel and Paul with their children Shayden, Gavon, and Ashlin; Kami and Levi with Riley; Sheila and Jordan with Alexis and Parker; Mom and Dad S.; and Alisa. We're so grateful everyone made it up safe and sound, and took the effort to be with us. I hope they all had as much fun as we did.
After dinner, we passed around the candle and took turns saying what we were grateful for.
Then the kids put on the Nativity Play--a first for many of them, and I'm realizing now just how much work it is to get eight kids (the oldest is five and a half) to stay focused for a fifteen minute play, and actually be around for their part. We giggled our way through it sacrilegiously.
At last it was time to open our cousin gift exchange and Grandma S brought in a massive sack of pajamas for everyone. We changed into our PJ's and snapped pictures, then everyone went home and our little dumplings went to bed.