This month has been a fun one for our family. We decided to keep Christmas simple this year- I didn't even write Christmas letters! Hopefully, I'll be up to that again next year. Here is a list of the fun things we did:
Christmas lights- the all time favorite of our family! We spent many nights this months driving around looking at Christmas lights. We found some pretty awesome houses too!
Santa on a Fire Truck- one night Santa came through our little planned community on a float, pulled by a fire truck. Not only did he come to the neighborhood, but he was escorted by several other fire trucks and ambulances with sirens blaring and lights flashing. It was quite the site! Santa and his helpers were collecting gifts and food for families in need which we were happy to support.
Giving and Receiving- our neighborhood mom's group held several events to help the kids understand that the season isn't just about getting things from Santa. Most of the activities were on Sunday so we weren't able to join in but we were able to help with one fundraiser. Carter and Tay helped me go through their toys and we donated several that they no longer play with. We also were able to donate several baby items that we won't need or had duplicate of. Hopefully it taught them something on some level.
Dinners Out- Drew got a nice gift card from work this year as a Christmas gift and we quickly put it to good use! Grandma Heidi watched the kids and we were able to go to dinner with Drew's brother Rob and his honey, Christie. We also went out a few times as a family. What a treat!
Christmas in Bethlehem- This year our ward (congregation) did something different for the Christmas party. We had a Christmas in Bethlehem party. Everyone dressed up in biblical clothes and brought "taxes" (canned food) to give to the Bishop's Storehouse. In the church gym, twinkling white Christmas lights hung from the ceiling and the gym was completely decorated like a market place from Christ's day. The activities committee did such a good job. We ate middle eastern food on blankets on the floor and the kids got little pouches of coins to buy food with. And of course there was a Christmas program about Christ's birth with music and narration. They even had someone taking family pictures up on the stage where the stable was. I'll post that as soon as it is emailed to me.
Other fun stuff: Handel's Messiah sing-a-long, a yummy dinner at our neighbors house, a work party for Drew, and Carter had a preschool party that Tay and I attended.
Not so fun stuff: Drew sick. Tay sick. Carter sick. I guess I can't really complain since my kids are the healthiest kids I know but I hope this month we've paid our winterly sickness dues. I just don't think I can handle sick kids, a sick husband, and a newborn in February.