December 27, 2013

Christmas 2013

I’m always a little sad when Christmas is over.  I love the antcipation leading up to the big day.  Not just in buying and wrapping gifts, but in the celebrating the birth of Jesus.  Just like the excitement for a new baby to arrive, I get excited to celebrate the birth of my Savior.  With Christmas over, I turn my gaze to Easter and the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Before Easter comes though, I’d like to share how our Christmas went.  My in-laws arrived on Christmas Eve day about mid afternoon.  Munchkin was very excited to see them.  We snacked a little before heading to Christmas Eve Service, where we met The Man.  He had to work on Christmas Eve but got out early for the night and was able to join us.  Munchkin wore a gorgeous red and white dress that my Aunt and Mom made for her.  Auntie also made them for her grandkids, so Munchkin matched her cousins in Michigan.  The dress is a little big and I’m hoping that she can wear it next year too! 

Many Waters Christmas Eve 2013

When we got home from the Christmas Eve service, we changed into PJ’s.  We get news ones every year and this year was no different.  Mom & I picked them out while we were in Alaska on the cruise in September.  They were onesies and Munchkin & I matched in pink ones and The Man had a red one.  They were a little big but very comfy!  We let Munchkin open five gifts (in retrospect we should have let her open more) and then we watched Mickey Mouse’s Christmas Carol. 

Many Waters Christmas Eve Traditions

Once Munchkin was down it was time to play Santa.  It was pretty fun, finding room for more presents.  The Man also had to put together one of Munchkin’s gifts, a play kitchen.  We got to bed around 1 am.  Not too bad but I can see how it might be later in a few years!

Munchkin slept in till 8.  We ate cinnamon rolls while we opened our stockings.  Stockings are a big production in our house and it took awhile.  Munchkin’s were in a new chair and she was more interested in the chair than the toys in her stockings (yes, she had more than one.)  She LOVES her chair.  If that was all she got she would have been a happy camper. 

Many Waters Christmas Chair

After stockings came presents.  It took a while and was a lot of fun.  Munchkin got into unwrapping present.  I would start it a little or show her were to pull and she would tear the paper off.  I think she had a good time.  She had a lot of presents so we tried to hurry her along.  We ended up having to stop because she was whiny and crying.  So the adults finished their presents and we let Munchkin play with what she had already opened.

Many Waters Christmas Morning

We stayed in PJ’s for most of the day, only changing later one because we wanted too, not because we had too.  We had a delicious ham dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn and crescent rolls.  After dinner Munchkin was in a much better mood so we got her to finish opening her presents.  The fact that we had to do Christmas in two parts told us that we *might* have gone a little overboard.  Maybe.  Now we know and maybe next year she’ll get less. 

Munchkin loves her toys and all the adults enjoyed their gifts.  The best part really was just relaxing all day and enjoying each other’s company.  All in all, it was a great Christmas!


  1. Your little Munchkin is so cute! What a fun Christmas for her and for you! Merry Christmas!

  2. She is adorable! I don't blame you for indulging her a bit!

    Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing with the Spin Cycle!

  3. I love how cosy she is in her chair!! We felt the same way about Christmas presents this year and will be getting Levi much less in the future - as well as asking Grandparents to do the same :) We are over run with toys in our family room!

  4. Thank you! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas:)

  5. Thank you! Thanks for hosting the link up:)

  6. Thanks! The toys are under control...for now anyway:)

  7. How cute! Looks like you had a great holiday :)

  8. I know you're not Catholic, but in our tradition Christmas actually lasts for 8 days (or really until Epiphany for a lot of people). So maybe next year you can spread her presents out through the 12 days of Christmas--the days from Christmas to Epiphany?

    I'm glad you had such a wonderful Christmas! Looks like Munchkin got spoiled by Santa! I love her dress, too.

  9. Nice post about a Christmas with family. Matching pj's are fun but I have never convinced Husband to do it! May you have a blessed new year.

  10. We did! I hope you did too:) Happy New Year!

  11. That's a great idea! I'll have to remember that:) It's not so bad now, that I have the toys put into the toy rotation.

    My aunt made her dress. Her cousins in Michigan (that you met) have the same ones:)

    Hope you guys had a great Christmas! Happy New Year!

  12. Thanks! I didn't really give DH a choice. I bought them and said here, wear this! Haha!

    Happy New Year!

  13. aw it looks like you had a great Christmas!


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