| Written by Ronnie |
You guys, thank you so much for all your support of us this year! You have been seriously amazing. From the bottom of our hearts, Trish and I would like to wish you all the most beautiful Christmas. It is our heartfelt hope and prayer that you will know how wide, how long, how high, and how deep God's love is for us all.
I have never been one to get carried away at Christmas time. In fact, if you ask Rick, I probably verge on being a bit of a Christmas grinch when it comes to presents and decorations. This year, for example, I was trying to get away with only buying clothes for the boys but Rick, being the softie that he is, gently suggested that we should get some Lego as well. So Lego it was. (I'm quite convinced that the Lego is actually for Rick as much as it is for the boys.)
What I do love about Christmas time are our family traditions. Yesterday evening, we had dinner and then changed the boys into their pyjamas before going for a evening drive to see the Christmas lights around the Northern Beaches. Tonight, we'll take the boys to a kids' Christmas concert at a nearby church. Rick will then lead our Christmas Eve night service up at our own church while the boys and I put on an impromptu bedtime puppet show back at home - a fun little ritual we started just last year. Tomorrow, the boys will wake up to stockings filled with boxes of cereal from the Kelloggs' Variety Fun Pack (a lovely tradition carried over from Rick's own childhood) and I have no doubt we'll all be eating Coco Pops for breakfast. We'll then go to church for our Christmas Day service and then come home, and the boys will finally get to open up their presents from us. While Rick and the boys play with their new Lego, I'll be putting Bear down for a short nap. At midday, we'll head off to Rick's parents' place for our annual Mason Christmas lunch, to which my parents are also invited. And finally, on Boxing Day, I'm hoping to start a new tradition this year of whipping up a roast chicken for our own little family. (Though, having said that, we have yet to track down the chicken so we'll see how that goes.)
So on that note, Trish and I will both be taking a break for the rest of the year to spend time with our families, but we'll be back in 2015 (eek!) with new posts to share.
Merry Christmas everyone, and a Happy New Year!
If you happen to have a spare moment, I would love to know what traditions you guys have at this time of the year.
(Photo above taken at our Lens & Layout workshop with Blog Society earlier this year.)