And these are a couple I got after the kids had opened their presents Christmas night. Yes - that's right - we don't open our presents till the evening. All in an effort to make the anticipation and feeling and spirit of Christmas last longer - its fine for the moment while the kids are young, and perhaps we'll have to change as they get older, but for the moment we enjoy taking the day slowly. Yes, we're crazy!
It was great to get the kids into bed that night though - a looong day and the kids were fairly cranky by the time bed came around but another day of family and fun and love. I love Christmas and the feeling gets better every year - its wonderful to be able to share the Christmas story with our growing family and try to help them understand the true meaning of the season. It seems as we strive to help them it helps us to remember it too. I'm so grateful for the time to reflect and contemplate on the miraculous birth of our Saviour - who can deny the beauty of the first Christmas...I wish it was a feeling that would stick around all year long.