Since we were unable to travel to visit family, Drew's parents came up the weekend before Christmas to celebrate with us, and then we were able to use the wonderful technology of Skype to celebrate Christmas with my side of the family and with Drew's sister and her family. This was definitely a time that my appreciation for technology like Skype grew! Below is a little picture journal of some of our Christmas celebration this year.
|We visited the Domain in Austin with Mimi and Pape to watch their Laser light show.|
|Luke breaks in his new recliner Mimi and Papa bought for him.|
|Our Tree..Luke loved this! He was so excited about it that he showed it to everyone--even strangers who came to our house to buy things from us we had listed on craisglist!|
|with Mimi and Papa|
|Drew is uber excited to open a gift for our little girl--a girly paci pod.|
|As usual, Luke enjoyed riding Papa's "race car" while they visited!|
|Luke was so proud of our creation!|
|So proud, in fact, that he decided to eat the gingerbread guy he made for the house.|
|Luke in front of the tree before one of our Skype Christmas celebrations.|
Christmas morning was so special with Luke. He was extremely excited on Christmas Eve about leaving a cookie and some milk for Santa. One of the first things he noticed when he came down the stairs on Christmas morning was that Santa ate his cookie and milk. He said, "Mommy! Daddy! Santa ate cookies---all gone!" He thought that was the coolest thing! Of course, then he immediately noticed the "bike" that Santa left for him under the tree. He has been riding that thing all over the house!
|Luke's new "bike".|
|Loving my new hat from Drew!|
|Luke was even excited about getting new shoes for Christmas. He calls them his "cool shoes" and wanted to show both sets of Grandparents via Skype on Christmas morning.|
|Digging in his stocking!|
Of course, the best part of our Christmas celebration had nothing to do with material "things". One of my facebook friends posted something that I thought was definitely worth sharing here. It discusses some of our Christmas "traditions" and the Christian symbolism of them. "Did you know that the chopping down of the Christmas tree represents the death of Christ & putting it back up again represents the resurrection of Christ? Did you know that the wreaths we hang are never ending circles, that represent eternity? Candy canes were made to look like shepherd hooks & the colors red (Jesus' blood) white (purity). The gifts we give, represent the 3 gifts the wise men brought for Jesus [and of course the greatest gift that God could ever give us--the gift of his Son]. So when you are running around trying to get the "perfect gift", stop yourself, take a deep breath & remember we have been given the perfect gift-- Jesus Christ was given to us to remove all of our sins."
Our family is extremely grateful for all of the gifts that God has blessed us with. But, of course, the greatest gift has been our Salvation.