My inspiration for this record of my days:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen

Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas Eve

Not to be confused with “Christmas Adam",” which is the name my kids have given to the day before Christmas Eve.  I had told my kids that I wanted peace on earth, or at least in the Davis house, for Christmas.  On Christmas Eve they gave me my wish!  We squeezed in a whole bunch of fun, and enjoyed each other all day!

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We started off with breakfast at Golden Corral – a family favorite!

Then came ice skating.

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Our friend Anya came with us, and was so helpful with the kids!  She helped Jonah until he got good enough to skate all by himself!


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After a short nap we all helped to prepare our “fancy” Christmas eve dinner.  We used the nice china that we got for our wedding, and had ham, rolls, mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, and sparkling cider.  I’m sad that we forgot to take a picture of the beautiful table!

Next came our quality Nativity play.

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Simon took his roll as a shepherd very seriously, and baby Jesus had a super modern manger!

After the play, everyone opened their new ornaments.  We set out the reindeer food on the front porch, and cookies for Santa on the special plate.

The kids all made beds in Jonah and Simons room, and we make sure they had an alarm clock.  Christmas morning was not allowed to begin until 5:30!

I sang carols to help calm everyone down.  The last one has to be Mary’s Lullaby, just like my mom used to sing.  Sweet dreams my children!

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad we have so many traditions. It can feel daunting, but they sure are fun.