Merry Christmas from the Harris Family
Our family was extremely blessed this Christmas. We had lots of good times with family and friends. The kids had wonderful times playing with their cousin and got so many toys that I can’t even begin to count. 🙂
Christmas Eve Candlelight service was beautiful this year. We went with Alan’s side of the family, Mamaw, Grandpa, Gran, Papaw, and Aunt Joy. Sebastian and Alanna both behaved wonderfully in the service and each loved holding their candle. Pastor Steve talked about keeping Jesus all year long and not just at Christmas time. Alanna enjoyed the service and has even been quoting Pastor Steve telling us “don’t put Jesus in a box.” After the service we went to Aunt Joy’s new house and had dinner together and exchanged family gifts.
Christmas Eve Alan had to work, so the kids and I spent the morning playing games at the house. After nap, we loaded up the car and headed to the fire station to spend Christmas Eve evening with him. The fireman cooked turkey, dressing, and sweet potatoes for us and the kids and Alan played in the bay on the firetruck and ambulance. It was sad not having him home for Christmas Eve, but I am so glad we got to go see him that evening.
Christmas Eve at the fire station
Christmas Eve night, the kids and I acted out the Christmas story with our little nativity scene. I think that is Alanna’s favorite part. They were both very excited about Santa coming and had trouble going to bed that night.
Christmas morning, Alan was able to get home early. Thankfully the kids were both still in bed, so he didn’t miss their suprise of finding their gifts from Santa. Alanna was the first to wake up. She snuck into the living room really quiet and looked over all her new toys. We woke Sebastian up, so it took him a while to even realize what was going on. Alanna got a teddy bear set that you dress up with princess dresses and Sebastian got a train table for his train sets. When Sebastian saw the trains and the table he asked, “Is this for me?” Maggie even had some little treats in her stocking. Santa also surprised me with a pair of Stars tickets!! After everyone emptied thier stockings we exchanged our gifts. My favorite thing about this year was that the kids picked out gifts for each other.
After a Christmas breakfast of blueberry pancakes and sausage, we started packing up all the presents and headed to Paris to visit my family. Alanna, Sebastian, and Lyric played outside on the little jeep and scooter that Nana and Papa gave them for Christmas. Alanna has now decided that when she grows up she is going to drive a Jeep. That evening we had our birthday party for Baby Jesus. After singing, reading a story, and praying we exchanged gfits once again. I told you that our family was very blessed this year. Alanna got the Disney Prince dolls for each of her princess dolls. She also got a Justin Beiber doll, which she absolutely loved!!
Sebastian got some of the Marvel comic book characters, which he has been playing with very imaginatively the last couple of weeks. It is so fun to watch him play with his characters and make them fight and go on adventures. He has quite an imagination, just like his big sister.
The next day we went to Cooper for a late Christmas dinner with Alan’s Cooper family. It was nice to see everyone and catch up.
Once we made it home and relaxed a while, we spent most of the next day opening boxed toys and organizing rooms to find places for everything. Our house is now back to normal. I did, however, leave the nativity scene out this year and placed it on the mantel. Alanna once again reminded us that Pastor Steve said to not put Jesus in a box.