The next few days were spent in mad preparation for a fancy Christmas Eve dinner with friends here at our house. We seriously had so much fun making traditional and family Christmas dishes in preparation. My sweet neighbor went out of town and let me use her extra fridge to stock away goodies in advance. As per typical we got totally immersed in the prep and completely forgot about the camera. I was very sad about that after the fact. But I'll say that the candle light service was quite nice. I love singing Christmas hymns with a group of believers. The Christmas story never gets old. Christ coming down for us as a baby. What a beautiful and unbelievable thought. All of our family was out of town, but we were privileged to have some good friends who were willing to come spend the evening with us.
The next morning the kids were ready for presents.
Now, Christmas day was a little strange. It felt weird to have no plans with family. But we all had a pretty nasty cold and it was nice to just lay around. And then Caroline got the stomach flu. Poor baby. She spent most of the day asleep in her bed. I almost didn't make Christmas dinner for us--but then a feeling of depression set in and I put the ham in the oven to combat it :)
The perfect Christmas dessert--hot chocolate with candy canes.
Ah, the peace and quiet of kids with new goods.