Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas 2008!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy Solstice! 
This was our first Christmas with just our little family. We enjoyed our time together and creating our own traditions. I think Scott and I were more excited for Santa to come than the kids, it is so much fun to be the parent (most of the time anyway).
Oh Christmas Tree, missing the felt tree skirt and presents but beautifully decorated and then re-decorated and then re-decorated again and again . . . you get the point.
Daddy went to Madison's school for her Holiday concert and crafting, very exciting for the both of them, I don't know who had more fun.
Advent candle (picture courtesy Madison) we managed to light every night with our meal blessing and gratitudes. Right beside the very flameable Rudolph Bumble which Carter is very scared of.
The ever popular and more elaborate every year gingerbread house.
This year's Santa photo, hanging on our new photo mobile. Gotta love Gabe crying, Cart pouting and Madi the only one smiling.
Christmas eve, we went to church where Carter said, "Shhh, baby Jesus is sleeping". After our appetizers we gave the kids their Waldorf dolls. Madison screamed when she opened Sasha, they have been inseparable ever since.
The stockings were hung and a plate of "sun" cookies and milk for Santa, carrots for the reindeer and of course some nice cheese for Santa Mouse my favourite Christmas book from childhood which I now love to read/recite by memory to my own children over an over again.
Carter's castle which he absolutely loves, he has put in an order for Mommy to make him a felt dragon, "green with a fire tongue" please.
Madison's dollhouse, I love how Santa put the Daddy sitting on the toilet!
Gabriel, our sweet happy easy going Gabe, on his first Christmas morning, he was so excited but had no idea what exactly was going on.
Carter screamed with delight when he opened his roll of scotch tape. He also got 4 glue sticks which is great since he uses on average one per day.

Madison took some time out from playing her new recorder (another present she screamed when she opened) to pose in the new silk cape, which Santa put in Gabe's stocking by mistake, even Santa makes mistakes!

Gabriel posing in the dragon costume which is really for me since I always have to be the dragon, Madi is always the princess and Carter is of course the brave knight (with no armour for now which is one of my many new sewing projects for the new year).

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