We had a very quiet Christmas this year. The girls got up around 7am with squeals of delight that continued all the way up the stairs to see what ‘Pere Noel’ had brought them.
They were each given legwarmers knit by me, new art supplies, a little baby doll and the Winnie the Pooh movie that came out last year. We really wanted the day to be about simple things to be enjoyed together and it was exactly that. We gave the girls gifts we knew they would actually play with and use and didn’t worry so much about whether they had that face melting shock and awe that most parents strive for.
We spent most of our day in our pajamas sipping hot drinks, eating boxes (!) of chocolate and napping. Sometime mid afternoon we got ourselves dressed and headed over to my mum’s for a lovely Christmas supper. It was great to see everyone (minus my sister and her family who didn’t come up from NB until boxing day) and when the day was done, we went home full and content.
The year 2011 was an interesting one. Abigail turned 1, Ben turned 30, we bought a house, I started to work, Ben was offered his dream job, we both quit our existing jobs and through it all, God held us together in His hands. I don’t know how else we would have done it.
Ben and I didn’t get each other anything for Christmas this year, mostly due to a lack of time to shop, but the hope and joy that we had to look forward to for the coming year was really all the gift either of us needed. It really was a very merry Christmas.