This post is dedicated to my 5 children and 2 grandchildren that couldn’t be home for Christmas. Even though they were physical absent, they are never absent from our hearts and thoughts.
This post is also dedicated to each of the angels disguised as Santa, that blessed our family this Christmas.
This is the story of our Christmas…
Some of you might remember, Santa sent us early Christmas presents in the mail.
Thank you Santa!
Not to mention the gift of having my grandson here the week before…
On the eve of Christmas Eve, we received a surprise visit from a girl that I’ve mentored. This was an unexpected Christmas present. Our short time with her was very special.
I came home that evening from work to these flowers from my son, daughter and grandson.
These made me cry. Thank you kids!
Our Christmas Eve we woke to even more snow. My son came and babysat and they had a fun time playing with him in the snow. What a gift this was to us. Thank you Uncle Adam!
After I got home from work, the little’s opened their gifts that had come in the mail from far away aunties and uncles.
And we made a thank you sign to say thank you to them.
And nerf guns!
I was woken up at 6:15 AM with screams from little man that Santa had indeed come to our house.
By 6:30 the coffee was going and we had poured juice into our special “fancy” glasses, and were sitting down to read the story of Jesus’ birth. After prayers, talking about what we are thankful for, making some toasts and finally singing Happy Birthday to Jesus, it was time to open presents from Santa.
They loved everything that Santa left under our tree and that we got in the mail. So we made a sign for all you Santa’s.
Thank you Santa’s!!!! You know who you each are. If it wasn’t for you wonderful angels, this wouldn’t have happened. Obviously, Christmas is not about the presents but what you each did for our little people, was a blessing that will not be forgotten.
It was still snowing Christmas morning and it was nasty out so we had to cancel our travel plans. My son who lives in the next town wasn’t even able to make it.
Regardless, we were going to make the best of it. So…
The little’s were excited about playing with their new stuff. Little lady was the most happy about a new stroller for all her babies. Little man loved all of his stuff but I think he loved the vacuum Santa brought our family the best. If you know little man, then you know his love for vacuums.
I was very surprised and happy about my vacuum Santa!
We had a birthday party for Jesus. Actually through out the day, little lady fed Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the angel and cow.
We had a great breakfast and made some more toasts…
…before heading outside to enjoy some snow fun!
We made these signs for all our loved ones that live too far away to come home.
And then it’s time to help shovel. The little’s love shoveling.
Daddy can hardly wait until they can do all of it! Of course by that time, they really won’t think it’s this much fun.
Little lady and I goofed around taking pictures of ourselves.
Little lady thought all the new snow was the best present ever! It was so deep she kept getting stuck and falling down. Still she never cried….
…she was too busy trying to catch the flakes with her tongue.
And of course eating it!!!! This kid never stops eating!
Little man loves the snow. He has finally mastered the art of throwing a snowball. Of course we threw lots and lots of snowballs.
Little man wanted to make a snowman but the snow was too deep. He kept getting stuck in the snow and if you know little man, you know he’s not quiet about his frustration!
Every time he screamed or carried on I threw a snowball at him. This usually got a smile out of him! I really didn’t mean to hit him in the face. Thankfully he thought that was hilarious. Believe me, he got me back!
Thankfully it wasn’t too cold, so we spent a long time playing in the snow.
It kept snowing and snowing…
Since there’s not much you can do to stop it, you may as well enjoy it.
We really did have a wonderful Christmas. In spite of missing my kids and grandkids. In spite of not getting to go to my sister’s house and spending the day with extended family. In spite of not buying and wrapping a single present. In spite of not making a big holiday meal. In spite of getting over a foot of snow. In spite of things not being perfect. In spite of all these things and more, Christmas came and it was it’s own special wonderfulness.
This is to all of you that made our Christmas time special. This is to all of you that made someone's Christmas special. You are an angel.
Here’s to all the Christmas angels.
Love & Hugs, Lori