Thursday, December 31, 2015


 (Photo by Jocelyn Cook)
 (Photo by Jocelyn Cook)

Christmas was...

-a new "Christmas Adam" tradition(the day before "Christmas Eve", get it?)with just our family in the Sea Kettle and an intentional quiet end to advent; a homemade candle-lit meal, meaningful letters written and read to us by Papa, hand-painted tea cups for me from Levi, liturgical books and oratory elements for Brian, an adventure pack for Levi and dress up clothes for Maggie
- cinnamon rolls and singing to celebrate Jesus' birthday on Christmas Eve morning and a candle-lit service with our church family
- A comfort food "Hygge" dinner at my Mom's house with a last minute guest who was missing her family in Pakistan. Gifting some Hygge kits (more on that later!) and our traditional all-family sleepover
- Christmas morning excitement with my family and stockings, presents and excited, well-loved kids
- Christmas lunch and gift exchange with Brian's family and a christmas movie to end the day 
- a bittersweet first Christmas without my father; in-between the good food, family, thoughtful presents, happy children, more than ever before I felt the tangible need for Emmanuel, God with us. Which is hard but okay, really, because that is what it's all about.  


  1. God´s blessings in new year!!! Beautiful pictures, it looks like very nice christmas atmosphere there :-)
    We are celebrating on Christmas Eve (24th) here in my country, we have day full of tv fairy tales, walks outside, cookies, traditional food for dinner (fish soup, fish or chicken with potato salad) and then gifts under the tree. We don´t have Santa here, we have "little Jesus", who brings presents, but in our family with kids, we don´t accept this tradition now, because we want to teach kids about Jesus our Saviour and not as a person, who brings christmas presents. So we "created" Christmas Elf, who brings gifts. Next day (25th) we are visiting our parents, we are living in the same city.
    Have a nice new year and I´m looking forward to reading your new post :-D
    Monika (Czech republic)

    1. Thank you! I love hearing about your traditions...I hope you had a lovely Christmas! :)


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