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Our First Christmas in Oregon

dec3012Any day feels like Christmas when you treat it like Christmas! We celebrated our family Christmas in Oregon on December 10th since we were planning a two week trip back east.dec3003dec3004

We invited our new-found friends, Steve and Debbie over for breakfast and opening presents. I’m loving sharing Christmas with friends!dec3005

Because of the early Christmas date here at home, we did an abbreviated version of the Jesse Tree this year, reading only about half of the scriptures tracing the line of Christ.dec3002 “Christmas morning” we hung the final ornament with Bethlehem’s star and sang our hymn for this year, Once in Royal David’s City. We didn’t have time to teach the kids the third stanza, but these words are my favorite:

Jesus is our childhood’s pattern,
Day by day like us He grew;
He was little, weak, and helpless,
Tears and smiles like us He knew:
And He feeleth for our sadness,
And He shareth in our gladness.

How precious that Christ was once a little child like my babies. He is intimately acquainted with the particular cares, weaknesses, joys, and fancies of children because He once was a child. God with us. Emmanuel.

Stephen read the Christmas story from Luke 2, and then he read Isaiah 53 to remind us of the point of Christ’s coming. The story begins at the manger, leads through the cross, and ends with a crown.

Next came the presents. It’s always a bit magical to watch the kids open their gifts. There’s something in the chaos and the childish gasps of joy that elevate the day. dec3007dec3008dec3009dec3011

We served Celia’s French Sandwich for breakfast (which may develop into a yearly tradition for us). dec3010Another tradition we have is watching Elf. This year Stephen convinced Cooper to try eating his pasta “Buddy style” with chocolate syrup, cool whip, and sprinkles. Coop loved it!dec3001

The rest of the day was spent enjoying our kids as they enjoyed their presents. Both Silas and Cooper wanted to put puzzles together with Mommy. dec3013dec3015dec3014

I’d say our Oregon Christmas didn’t officially wrap up until we finally watched It’s a Wonderful Life after our big trip. The kids had never seen it before, and Silas couldn’t stop talking about it. So fun to share our tradition with them!dec3017dec3016

2 thoughts on “Our First Christmas in Oregon

  1. I’ve been anxiously awaiting your blog posts! Your Christmas looks so fun, and it’s so special to have found close friends that can celebrate with you. I can’t believe how big the kids are.

    Was that your house in the first photo with all the decorations?

  2. I’ve been dragging my feet in regards to posting on the blog. You’re a faithful, and very patient reader!

    And, oh, my, no, that first pic is not my house. I couldn’t begin to think of tackling all that work! That is “The Grinch House” near us. It seems to be kind of a legend in these parts.

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