For Christmas decor, I really cut back this year, but wrapping a doll in 'swaddling clothes'
to rest in a basket, as baby Jesus, is absolutely a priority ~
"And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the Babe
wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."
My nativity set was placed on top of the buffet this year;
our granddaughter liked the blue lights ~ said it made it appear more like a nighttime scene.
Once upon a time, it truly was an humble scene in the night ~ with only one very bright Light.
As Christmas drew near, I decided to just add a few things to our clock shelf in the kitchen.
~ tabletop tree with birds beneath ~
~ front door wreath ~
Two of our granddaughters had Christmas concerts ~ I enjoy their music so much!
A third granddaughter was ill and missed her concert altogether ~
Soon, it was time to decorate the table for our family gathering;
our family Christmas was the weekend before the actual holiday.
When the day finally arrived, Clayton awaited the children's and grandchildren's arrival, wearing his snowman socks ~
~ oldest son and family ~
Mark, Angela, Burke, Bronté
~ middle son and family ~
Lynn, Lynette, Madelyn, Andrea, Valerie, Brandon
~ youngest son and family ~
Ryan, Cheryl, Jordan
~ our very special grandchildren ~
~ my beloved and me ~
We always have a jigsaw puzzle out for everyone to work on whenever they want.
Game after game after game was played over the weekend.
My mother loves to play 42 with her family.
The two little guys played with cars much of the time ~ racing them up, down and all around.
I completely neglected to take any photos of our meal this year;
it was served buffet-style and it totally slipped my mind.
Before gifts were unwrapped, some of the grandchildren sang for us ~ so beautiful.
Christmas is always made more special by the little children ~ so fun to watch them.
~ Madelyn ~
These two little guys, Brandon and Jordan, have so much fun together.
~ Valerie ~
~ Bronté and Andrea ~
They are always clowning around ~ we love it!
We got our daughters-in-law Thirty-One bags;
each had the same inscription, but were of different fabrics.
~ Burke ~
Hats from Vermont were gifts for our sons, but the two fun-loving girls had to try them on as well ~
~ the aftermath ~
After gifts, the granddaughters performed a little concert for us.
The little guys kept busy racing their new remote-controlled cars.
The next morning, the teenagers prepared an amazing brunch for the whole family.
They planned, fixed and served it with great expertise ~ impressive!
They even did some of the cleanup during the preparations, bless their hearts.
Then it was stocking time (looks like she needs some!) ~ and then more games, and grazing through more food;
all too soon, we were bidding them good-bye and safe travels ~ another family Christmas was history.
On Christmas Day, we did not initially have plans, so we invited my mother to come for leftovers.
Her sister and husband joined us and brought a delicious salad. Lots more games were on the schedule.
We played a lot of Skip-Bo Golf ~ Mother got a double block on this particular hand ~ wow, Mom! :)
Later in the afternoon, their older brother and his wife stopped by;
these three siblings really enjoy spending time together.
To end this post, I just wanted to post a few pics of our children's nativity sets;
and also a photo of the one my youngest sister had displayed.
The other picture is of a grouping of churches she had on a table.
My favorite was the way our youngest son's family had theirs displayed ~ so beautiful!
We had no snow over Christmas ~ the weather was warmer than normal.
But now, this morning, we have a fresh coat of 6-8 inches of freshly-fallen snow ~ may post pics soon.
Enjoy January ~ my very favorite month!