Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas 2012

No pictures! Not one. single. picture. At least of the day. :( But those kids had the cutest pajamas to date! The triplets had fleece, two-piece, red pajamas with white piping. Stinking adorable! Charlie had red plaid pants with a red shirt that had snowmen on it. Olivia had a red plaid nightgown that matched Charlie's pants. Adorbs people. Really.

Anyway, this Christmas was fantastic. We stayed home, which is TOTALLY the way to go for us. Eli had to work on Christmas Eve, so Charlie and Liv went to Jen's for the day. It was a good thing, too, because I spent the entire day cooking a meal that I wasn't hungry for when the time came to actually eat! :) But it was pretty good, if I do say so myself. I won't be doing that again, though. Next year, we're eating Chipotle or something. Remind of that when I try to go all-out again.

Elf left us a good-bye letter and gave each of the children their very own elf to cuddle and hold while he's away for the year. We ended the day with Eli reading Luke 2, watching The Nativity, and then Mr. Krueger's Christmas with Charlie and Liv. This was the last of our Keeping Christ in Christmas advent calendar.

This is our newest tradition, and it filled this Christmas season with the Spirit. It helped us all focus on the Savior, and put our energy toward giving, instead of receiving. Every day (mostly. My car accident made things difficult at the end there), we did and activity with the twins, and read a scripture about the Savior. It might have been an act of service, watching a gospel based movie, giving thanks to those who serve us, etc. I wanted to take pictures of each thing, but I failed miserably. I did get a couple though.

They helped set up for the wedding of a new couple at Church.

They made a big thank-you sign for our Trash Collectors.

Among other things, they collected the carts at Kroger for the man who usually does that, brought cookies to the Firehouse across from our neighborhood, brought a poinsettia and sang a couple carols to Grammy, visited and thanked the High Risk Nurses at Riverside who helped our family be, and all along the way handed out candy canes with a little card the recipient could use to get a free DVD of The Nativity. But my favorite, by far, was when I asked Charlie and Liv to pick one toy of theirs to give to a child who would not receive much for Christmas this year. Without hesitation, Liv picked her blue princess dress (she wore it ALL. THE. TIME.) and handed it to me. I asked her 5 times if she was really sure that this is what she wanted to give. She was. And she did. Charlie followed suit by selecting two of his cars (his favorite toys) to donate. I was stunned. And I was moved beyond words...but not beyond tears. This is what it's all about. Christmas. The Savior. Giving . And they taught me so very much by their willingness (and gladness!) to give.

So, after all these wonderful activities, we were ready for the big day. Grammy, Grandpa, and GG came over Christmas morning for the gift exchange. We took it slow and let the kids play with their toys as we went. Liv's favorite gift was her Princess dress, shoes, and crown. She also received a lot of jewelry and clothes...she wore them all...at the same time. :) Charlie played with every toy her got, and spent the day in his OSU football helmet and jersey. The babies walked around stunned at what was happening. Eli and I exchanged gifts that cost us NOTHING. I gave him "52 At-Home Dates" in a jar, and he gave me 31 things he will do for me every day starting on January 1st...I just don't know what they are yet! Every day is a surprise! We decorated a cake for Jesus, that we never got around to eating.  The babies took an extra nap and loved the bows on all the packages. We made monkey bread, Eli's favorite Christmas treat. We had our friends, The Browns, over in the afternoon for some visiting. We enjoyed the day...and made a GIANT mess! But in typical Abby-style, it's all cleaned up. :) And I'm writing this because the kids are in bed and Eli is out giving someone a blessing. Which is about the greatest thing he could do on Christmas.

So I am sad to see this Christmas season go. It has been amazingly wonderful. It has been tender, filled with love, and spiritually uplifting. All that I could ask for. My heart is full of gratitude. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!


desertdeb said...

Well, this has sealed my Christmas day with love. Thank you for filling this season with love and laughter. Thank you for reminding us that Christ is the reason for the season and that truly, not only is it better to give than to receive, it also tends to be lots funnier than you think. Thank you for instilling in the children a sense of responsibility for others and for thinking outside of themselves at such a tender age-they will come to view others' needs as just as important as theirs, maybe more so. Thank you for being the kind of person the Savior would point to and say, "This one" when asked, "To whom should we send these precious souls that have much to offer the world and who could impact the eternities of countless lives?"

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nancy said...

what debbie said. no way i could possibly say it better.

Abby Bowman said...

Deb, you made me cry. thank you for those kind words. You too Mom, for echoing them. love you both.


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