Dec 26, 2008

Christmas morning at our house


Bright and early Christmas morning at our house
The children gather and wait for the signal

We pass by our tree to head to the barn


Papa carries the wee ones to the barn...Hunter (our dog) waits for our arrival

Papa rose early to get the barn toasty warm


The seats are all set up. Papa will sit be the manger my dad made, in the manger lies baby Jesus


Homemade stockings will wait a few minutes longer,
Papa filled them last night-we don't invite Santa to our Christmas celebration...

just Jesus and family for us


Baby Jesus the center of our celebration

...we bowed our heads in prayer as a family...

Papa reads from the Bible, Luke chapter one and two


We sip hot chocolate and eat tasty treats


A popcorn holder...for movie nights


Italian cookies...for breakfast




Italian ricotta pie..laced with chocolate this year


Together we open our stockings, stopping to share our excitement over something sweet and special ...
Off to church to worship God and give thanks for our Saviour, Jesus
...later we will open a few presents under our tree
Moments of tradition that let us take joy, for all we have been given and much thanks to the Giver who loved us so much not only was He willing to come as a human baby in a manger -fully God and yet fully man, but to give Himself 33 years later as a payment for our sins.
How can we not love this special celebration...we have so much to be thankful for.



19 comments:

Lovingmyamazinglife said...

Awww,so sweet,Merry Christmas!I can't wait until little beauty arrives.This is my new blog address.

HandsRaisedToHeaven said...

Beautiful pictures, Kimmie! We eat cookies for breakfast too. :)

Tami said...

Did you make those stockings yourself? I need to make some for next year. All of ours are mismatched and we only have 3! But we have 4 kids - that's a problem.

Miss A. said...

What a beautiful family!

Allison

Super Mom said...

Great traditions, I love it! Happy Birthday Jesus!

Emily said...

Your celebration 'smells' like Jesus. It has the total aroma of Him. I love that. Nothing superficial and fake in your family. That's so REFRESHING!!!! Can I say that again? I'm refreshed getting to take a peek into your family. Thank you for that. :)

I'm faithfully praying every day for you guys.

Lovella said...

What an absolutely wonderful Christmas morning. .I'd love to sit by the toasty fire and hear the story. . Oh bliss.

Expat Mom said...

I love your barn tradition. That`s something your kids are going to treasure forever.

"Indescribable" said...

Wonderful tradition! Love the photos - you communicate beautifully with your pics! Merry Merry Christmas!

randi said...

I am glad your Christmas was lovely! Blessings to you and your family in the coming year. I am so excited for the little one to arrive!

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Kimmie
Thank you for sharing your beautiful family Christmas morning pictures. Your barn sounds wonderful and the way you celebrate and remember is very special. Next year I look forward to there being one extra celebrating with you. The homemade stockings are lovely and the Italian treats look delicious.
Best Wishes
Lindsay

Cathy said...

What a fun celebration. I love all the long sleeper pajamas on so many children. I also love your pic of the wood stove and your baby Jesus for your celebration.

Jeff and Amy said...

Sounds so lovely, what an awesome way to celebrate the saviors birth!!

Michelle said...

I love that you celebrate in your barn. Your family is beautiful, Kimmie. Next year it will be even more beautiful with the addition of Little Beauty. Merry Christmas!

Sondra said...

Beautiful pictures. I love the one of all the kids on the stairs. That is a classic Christmas shot to me. Also love the one of your little guy holding his stocking. His face is so precious. I remember your barn celebration from last year and once again it so warming to me that you have this tradition. So very special that your focus on the holiday is in the right place.

Amrita said...

That was a very warm and meaningful celebration Kimmie. Glad you kept Santa out and Jesus was at the center.

lovely photos too.

So glad to hear you went to church too

Greta Jo said...

Hi Kimmie- What a wonderful tradition!
I hope you are well. Are your bags packed?

Carla said...

How lovely! Thank you for sharing your traditions:) Congrats on little beauty, we all await with you!!! Blessings to you and yours (near and far)

cottage remnant said...

Wow!!! what an amazing Christmas morning.... a wonderful tradition to set.

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