Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Well, it's Christmas, and Weihnachts Ferien!  Just enjoying the lights, decorations, traditions, and down-time is nice, but knowing and believing the Christmas Story amplifies the anticipation and wonder. Celebrating the birth of the King of kings and Lord of lords! What an amazing and incomprehensible exchange... trading heaven for an opportunity to walk amongst His own creation, become one of us. This is just the beginning of the story.  

Our family joined the community at our installation's Candlelight Service, ate a lovely candle-lit roast beef dinner (on our wedding china!), then tore into the gifts. On Christmas we hosted two chaplains in our brigade, and two little ones.  It has been a sweet time.  No homework, lazy pj days, nibbling on plates of cookies delivered by neighbors, rotating apartment doors (ours, and the two other apartments in our stairwell... the kids alternate between them all) baking, cleaning, swimming at the Thermalbad... just hanging out. A much needed time of just "being."  

Here are some pics of our Christmas Eve... Hubby is only in one... Guess that's what happens when you're the better photographer in the family. 

When you live far away from family,
Flat Rate Priority Mail Boxes make wonderful wrapping paper! 

PEZ and Star Wars.  The perfect combination for Little Brother.

Brotherly love.

He's happy about his team's TKD warmup suit.  Maybe he'll get to wear it to a tournament?

His favorite gift... air-powered keyboard.

Science Kit!

A hand-made ornament for Mom.

Kitchen towels and hand made (by my sis) ceramic mugs.  

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