Thursday, January 1, 2009

Christmas Traditions

I hope you all had a wonderful and peaceful time these last few weeks! We had a lovely time with family and friends. The weather was beautiful...we had a white Christmas! And the food was oh so good! the only thing that could have made it better was if our sister Angela could have been here! She spent Christmas in Chicago with her husband and his family this year. We do not begrudge the fact because her husband had not been home for Christmas in six years! So, it was definitely their turn. Christmas day at our house was rather quiet this year with just us "three spinsters" and my mom. But it does not follow that it was a sad Christmas, no, we had a lovely time and greatly enjoyed exchanging gifts with each other! But oh how we missed our sisters and brother!
I want to post pictures of gifts that we received and gave but right now I want to post some pictures of our tree and some of my favorite ornaments.

We always go to the woods to cut our own tree down. They last so much longer that way and we love the natural look better than the trimmed "perfect Christmas tree shaped" tree. Just smell the difference! Scratch 'n' sniff!

Here's out lovely tree before we decorated it! Isn't it tall? I couldn't even fit the whole thing in the picture!

I love this little angel made out of a shell. Mom brought it home from Maui a few years ago. :)

Who doesn't like the RCMP? The mounties always get their man! (That one was for you Carla!) My mom and I got this in Victoria while on my graduation trip.

My aunt made us a few of these gorgeous stained glass ornaments. They look so beautiful with the Christmas lights shining through them. :)

I love this one too! How thankful I am to Jesus for coming to earth and making a way for us to go to the Father!

Oh! This is one of my favorites! A friend of ours made this little ballerina mouse. She is fearfully and wonderfully made. Right down to her little pink satin ballet shoes and her pearl tiara!

Our tin foil star my brother made years and years ago. It's been recovered I don't know how many times! We always wait for my brother to put it up every year. Even if we have to wait a week until he comes over. :) And we ALWAYS put a blue light through the hole in the center of the star. We are very traditional people! Ha! We always do the exact same things the exact same way every year. I love it. :)

And here it is all decked out for Christmas! Every year we talk about not putting ALL the ornaments on the tree but we always end up putting ALL of them on. Ugly ones and all. I told you we loved tradition! :)

May the Lord shine His face upon you in the coming year and give you PEACE.



SisterlyLove said...

HEY!! Merry Christmas Mr. Potter!!
I love Christmas! Let's do it again next week. ok?


Leah said...

Merry Christmas!

Adelheide said...

Oh I love the RCMP! He is so cute. :) I was in Victoria this summer, it is so beautiful there. Did you visit the Empress for your graduation trip?

SisterlyLove said...

@Leah: Thanks! Merry Christmas to you too!

@Adelheide: Yay! Me too. Ha ha! Victoria is so lovely! And YES we went to the Empress. Mmmm! I love the view from there too, all the ferrys and boats in the harbor. I didn't realize you went there this summer. For what?
Thanks so much for coming over the other day. Had so much fun even though you DID laugh at the sad part! ;) We'll do it again soon. :)


Adelheide said...

I'm sorry for being so sacrilegious during the movie! Thank you for having me over, I had a splendid time.
My parents suprised me with a day trip to have high tea at the Empress for my birthday in August. We were visiting my Grandma in Port Townsend, and took a ferry across the sound.

SisterlyLove said...

Ha ha! Sacrilege!! :) Yay! That must have been so fun! I hope you got to take a peek at the ball room. Wish we had something like that here. There are no elegant places to have dances here.
Look look!