On December 25th, we always…

December 27th, 2010

We always rise at a reasonable hour…and that goes for all of us!

The children always gather in one bedroom and wait for the signal…

We always listen to Handel’s Messiah…unabridged…

We always light the candles…

We always make hazelnut creme decaf coffee…all day long…

We always have baked egg casserole for breakfast…for only this breakfast…

We always have the most delectable pecan sticky buns…

Joe makes this specialty for one occasion a year, and this is that occasion!

We always gather in the living room after the kitchen has been cleaned up…

We always try to get a group picture of the children…

(I love these children, by the way.  And what’s more, I like them.)

We always listen to Joe read the story of Jesus’ birth from Luke and Matthew…

…and then each of us always gets to pick…

…our favorite carol…

…and we sing one verse of each…

We always start with the stockings…

We always keep it relaxed, so every new treasure can be properly examined…

We always give them chocolate shapes and candy sticks…

[“Look!  My candy stick brrrrroke, Mom!”  James says earnestly.  Both twins can now say those “R” sounds properly!  Yay, Peter and James!]

We always have the littlest one begin the gift-giving by choosing one and giving it to the person whose name is on the tag…

…and when that gift has been opened, with the rest of the family as audience…

…the recipient chooses the next gift to be opened, and gives it to the one whose name is on the tag…

…and so on through the morning…one at a time…like civilized folks…enjoying one another’s pleasure…

[This photo is blurred, but it still captures the essence of a five-year-old boy who just realized that he now owns a gun that shoots rubber bands, and that this is sanctioned by his parents!]

We now always have the oldest five exchange names…

[Joseph drew Laura’s name, and gave her those very feminine boots.  Laura drew Jane’s name, and gave her the very first purse she has ever had.  Do they look delighted?]

We parents always give a few carefully selected items to the younger ones..

[Those tool boxes were purchased through a friend at a very good discount over a year ago.  And they’re destined for Blanket Time!]

We didn’t always understand that a baby with Down syndrome was one of the Most Desirable Gifts of all…

But now we do.

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9 Responses to “On December 25th, we always…”

  1. Stephanie says:

    Goodness I think we’ll be at your house next year! Sounds wonderful. And that last pic of verity is adorable!

  2. Stephanie Blanchard says:

    I love seeing how other families celebrate!  Thanks for letting us “see.” 

  3. Amy says:

    Awww…the bow on Verity’s head! :) Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your Christmas traditions! :) Love the picture of all your children together! :)
     
    Many blessings, Susanna!

  4. Shauna says:

    That sounds remarkably like our Christmas!  Right down to the part about the baby with Down Syndrome being the best gift :)  Though I have only three children under four so they don’t give physical gifts…just smiles and hugs!  And we don’t listen to the Messiah, but other than that isn’t it just the best way to enjoy Jesus’ birthday

  5. Marilyn Osborn says:

    Thank you for outlining your traditions!  I’ve been wanting to add some to our special day and you gave me some fresh ideas!  I loved seeing the children.  I can’t wait to see the new faces in next year’s photos!

  6. Tami Ann says:

    A wonderful friend of ours made those matching shirts! Seeing your boys with them on brings back such fond memories of when I had four boys all small enough to still fit into them *sniff*. I knew that having twins that you would especially appreciate them. The young woman that sewed them came out to Poland twice when I had a baby to help out. She would stay with us for a few weeks. Before I read about your Christmas traditions I thought that we were the only family that *tortured* our children with “civilized” gift unwrapping! :0)

  7. Susanna says:

    They are very well made, Tami! Thank you again so much for all the hand-me-downs–what a blessing!

  8. Susanna says:

    That brings tears to my eyes, Marilyn, thank you for saying that!

  9. Anna T says:

    Thanks for sharing!!  Merry Christmas and Happy 2011!!

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