Sunday, December 26, 2010

Our Family Christmas

We have a family tradition of staying home on Christmas day. We really like the relaxing, peaceful atmosphere it allows us to have, instead of rushing here and there. (And it really worked out well this year, too, seeing as it started snowing in the afternoon!)

When we woke up on Christmas morning, of course, Russell had no idea what was going on. Since he likes to eat first thing, we let him eat his breakfast before doing presents. And we got to eat my family's traditional Christmas breakfast - strata. {This was way better than the overpriced Denny's we had last year (I had nothing in the house since we were traveling the next day)}:


When Russell sees wrapped packages, he doesn't understand that they're presents, so we really had to coax him to open anything. He was extremely excited about his stocking stuffers, including this monster truck:


Checking out a car from his "big" present (a car spinner musical toy thing) - but more importantly, he climbed in the box as soon as he could:


Jason's parents came over mid-morning, and once Russell opened more presents and went down for his nap, I fixed our Christmas lunch. Portabello pork tenderloin, honey-glazed carrots, and twice-baked sweet potatoes, with key lime pie for dessert - yum!


After Russell woke up and had a snack, we thought it was a good time to play in the snow! He looked too cute all bundled up:


Russell didn't really do anything with the snow, but he is always happy to walk around outside.


What a wonderful Christmas! I wish we could have gone to a church service, but we missed the Christmas Eve service since we were out of town, and the day after services were cancelled due to the snow. So we did tell Russell that we were celebrating Jesus' birthday, and I sang "Away in a Manger" to him, but that was about the extent. Hopefully next year, he will be able to grasp the meaning a little bit.

Luke 2:10-11~ But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord."

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