Christmas this year was really quiet ... just out little family and Justin's parents. And is was great.
A tradition in Justin's family (from German heritage) is to have 'candy bowls' - this year we had traditional German bowls sent to us from relatives in Germany. The tradition has evolved in our family so that each year, a different family member goes shopping with Menno to buy the candy ... trying to get a little bit of everyone's favorites, and always on the lookout for new treats to include. Each person gets their own bowl with a little bit of everything; and it's your bowl of treats for snacking on over the holiday. It was my year to go shopping. We found the bulk of our treats at Carol's Sweets - pretty fun to bring literally a few dozen jars of candy down from the shelves and stack them at the till to start making little baggies!!
We opened stockings before naptime, and presents afterward. And did a lot of just hanging out and visiting (and picking at our candy bowls!). We had a great time watching each other open gifts - so fun to try and find just the right things for each other. But of course, taking the time to spend the day together and really enjoy each other's company and be thankful for having each other, and having wonderful (and plentiful) food was the best.
|Maklin 'reading' his Dora magazine from his stocking.|
|Mae's cute little Xmas dress. So cute so she had to wear it, but it actually|
ended up being more like an Xmas sweater and tights (it was a bit snug!)
|Our tree - breakable ornaments on top, and most of the remaining ornaments weighing down only 3-4 lower branches, complements of Maklin.|
|Mae squeezing into Santa jammies!|
|Lounging Christmas afternoon -- nothing better than reading stories with Baba!|
|Maklin modeling his new art apron.|