Having a newborn at Christmas time was fun – it also made for a very quiet, at home celebration.
The day before Elsie was born we went out and found our tree, and then it very slowly got decorated bit by bit over the next couple of weeks.
I had bought the supplies for a gingerbread house last Christmas, and never got around to making one – so we were all ready to go this year without having to leave home! We made a sad little lopsided house, but I think the kids had fun.
Marian was very excited to wake up from her afternoon nap one day about a week before Christmas to discover the first presents under the tree! I didn’t have any wrapping paper, so everything got wrapped with white pattern paper and ribbons from my sewing stash.
I didn’t do really any of my normal cooking ahead of time for Christmas, which didn’t quite feel ‘right’…We did however make eggnog which was delicious. Here Marian is helping – her favorite ‘job’ is licking the beater, of course.
I think we can all agree that the best part of Christmas this year was snuggling Elsie! It was extra special having a newborn at this time of year as we told Marian and Alan about when Jesus was born.
Christmas eve when all three kids were finally asleep – Jordan and I still had to finish up the gifts for both Marian and Alan, and fill stockings. We were up pretty late.
Our tree this year was decorated with dried oranges, red and gold ribbon, copper wire starry lights, paper snowflakes, and pine cones.
Here it is, early Christmas morning. We gave Marian a tea set, a new gown, a fancy dress-up dress, (both homemade) a necklace, and some books.
Alan was delighted with this miniature anvil and blacksmith’s hammer that Jordan made for him! We also gave him a vintage metal dump truck and some books.
Here come the sweet faces down the stairs Christmas morning, Marian was the most excited, and Alan was excited because she was excited!
Elsie was very unimpressed with Christmas, she slept most of the day.
Christmas afternoon we spent at Nanna and Papa’s house, and then came home and everyone took a nap. That was our very good, quiet little Christmas this year!