I hope you all had a nice relaxing day-after-Christmas. I think we had our house “put back together” by sometime mid-afternoon. But it was all well worth it, and we can’t wait to do it all again. The N.D. family spends the night with us Christmas Eve, and it is much more of a workout for them than it is for us. They haul all their gifts to our house, and then they haul them all home again on Christmas Day! That is what I call self-sacrifice! We have such a fun time with them.
The Luke and Lizzie group come over mid-morning for the second round of unwrapping. And normally, the Merkle gang would show up around the same time. (We are hopeful that next Christmas they might be here with us.) We had our late Christmas breakfast, just like all of you, no doubt. This is just as much a part of the Christmas ritual as the stockings and the dinner. Then after all the opening and what not, some of the kids napped, and some played in the abundant supply of snow.
Our Christmas Dinner table was filled with eight adults and eleven children ages six and under. (Doug says that once the adults are outnumbered, we switch from man-to-man to zone defense.) So given our numbers of little people, I try to emphasize the festive over the fancy. I bought six yards of a Christmas oilcloth (the lady cutting it said, “What in the world are you doing with this?”) in a very vibrant apple green with hot pink and red poinsettias all over it. (Christmas china would have been lost on that backdrop!)Â We spaced the adults around the table with the little ones all within reach of their parents. And they had plenty of sparkling fizzy juice in their little wine glasses. But you can see why it would be oppressive for the adults and children alike if I was trying to pull off a very elegant dining experience. Though I did get out the crystal (for the adults)Â and the silver, you can see that this was a kid-friendly table.
Heather made her fabulous rum cake for dessert, and it is a good thing she only cracks that out once a year. It’s one of my all-time favorites. Rachel made some very crazy cupcakes for the kids (see the pic below) since rum cake is not exactly their forte.
May you all enjoy your post-Christmas celebrations. I know many of you keep going for the full twelve days. Learning to rejoice and celebrate is a real discipline that requires patience, stamina, practice, and endurance. So go for it! God must be pleased that we are making progress!