Well the shopping is done, the presents are opened, the brightly garland tree is gone and the decorations are stored in the staircase closet once again. Whew, I don’t know about you but I need a jammie day and a nice glass of wine so I can sit and reflect on the beauty and wonder of the holidays. Once again I’m reminded that when all the glits and glitter are over, the real meaning of Christmas is wrapped up in family. When you stop and think about it the first Christmas in Bethlehem was all about a young family celebrating the birth of their baby boy. Maybe that’s why we want to be with our families during this special time of year.
Here is a little pictorial of what Christmas means to our family:
First everyone sits quietly while the Christmas story is read
Then everyone grabs a cup of coffee and warm cinnamon roll...!
Guys of all ages appreciate a little help from mom on Christmas morning.
Everyone's a kid on Christmas morning.
And of course it's important to take time out for tickling.
It takes the entire family to figure out how all the electronic games work.
And of course it's always important to invite a handsome fire fighter over on Christmas morning.
For some reason the men/boys (sometimes it's hard to tell the difference) in our family have a tradition of having a Nerf gun battle every year after the presents are opened.
The littlest man in the famiy gets a little instruction in Nerf warfare from his big sisters.
Of course the problem with gun battles is that Grandma's carpeting can become a casulty of war. Okay all you Nerf soldiers....just want you to know, I'm reporting this one to Fancy Nancy!
Fancy Nancy please tell me how to get red candle wax out of my cream carpeting!!! This may require a visit to Oregon.
While the men folk do battle the women folk, young and old, gather round the table for another cup of coffee and a little conversation.
When it's all said and done, the family can depend on Grandpa to clean up the mess.
.....and then we all laid down for a long winter's nap.