- A Christmas Eve celebration with the "five cousins" (I'm the oldest). We grew up doing this every year, but it was the first time the five of us had been together on Christmas Eve in 12 years. Through marriage and babies, our original five has grown to 16.
- A wonderful time of fellowship with my brother and his family. They live Far, Far Away, and we see them much too seldom. In a future post I'll tell you about the brilliant gifts my sister-in-law made for the kids.
- Way too many toys for my kids, but boy, it was fun. Gifts included (but are certainly not limited to) football uniforms, light sabres, stamp collections, video games, baby dolls, and a Magna Doodle (or, as Joseph calls it, his "Doo-Doo Pad").
- A beautiful Christmas morning service at our church, concluding with a breathtaking rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus. On a less spiritual note, during this service, Joseph turned to his 60-year-old grandfather and asked him why he had so many "cracks" in his face.
- A pact made among all the adults to focus more next year on the less material aspects of Christmas. One idea was for all of us--even the non-crafty ones--to make our gifts for each other.
There were many more sweet moments, but this is all my sugar-warped brain can accomplish at the moment. I hope you all had a blessed holiday with your families!
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