Christmas 2016


We stayed home for the first time this year for Christmas, and I’m happy to report that it was a very merry one. We had a slow and quiet week…or as slow and quiet as things can be with a toddler.

Last Sunday Alice was a lamb in the Proclamation play and she walked down the whole aisle without any adult prodding, leading the pack of small animals and shepherds. Once at the front the shepherd had to ply her with cereal to keep her from wandering off, which she eventually did anyway. We were very proud of her first dramatic performance.


On Christmas Eve we dressed up and took pictures in front of the tree and then went to church. Alice was not too happy about evening church, but she survived. I’m looking forward to having family Christmas Eve dinners in the future, but this year Alice donned her new Christmas jammies and went to bed. Philip and I had dinner ourselves before stuffing stockings and putting out gifts.


Alice headed straight for her new baby doll when she got up in the morning, and she enjoyed helping us unwrap gifts and empty stockings. I’m glad we didn’t go overboard with the gifts, as Alice was definitely excited enough by the first few things we opened.


Alice was too excited to nap on Christmas so we went on a little hike in the woods. That would have been fun except for the fact that Charley found a fresh animal leg (we’re talking large animal here) and wouldn’t come when called or drop it. Oh man it was gross. At least he had a merry Christmas!

Then we had Christmas dinner and dessert, and it was baby bedtime. Philip and I played cards and read books, and Christmas was over. It was such a good day.


I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!


4 thoughts on “Christmas 2016

  1. Alice makes me remember you at that age. You are both so precious and entertaining I can hardly stand it! Clearly, you have managed to create a truly magical and meaningful Christmas experience, including traditions from the past and a strong sense of family.
    While we missed you here, I am so happy you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas in your own love filled home. Merry Christmas!

  2. Wonderful Christmas photos! The lamb costume is amazing! You clearly had a lovely and delicious Christmas. What a loving family.

    1. Thanks! The church has a whole bunch of those costumes, so Alice will probably get to be a lamb for several years hence! It sounds like you had a delicious Christmas too! I was sorry that I didn’t get around to rice this year- I won’t make that mistake again!

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