This year we did not attend Christmas Eve service at our church, instead we had our own service at home. Our service was complete with candle lighting, Christmas Carols, Advent reading, Bible reading and time together as a family. We did stick to our tradition of Tacos on Christmas Eve but alas, no ham was to be found on Christmas Day so we had beef barley soup. It was great because I was able to spend the day with the family instead of in the kitchen.
I really try hard to keep the focus on Christ and His birth and what that means to us. This season we had a lot of gatherings with our friends, and frankly shopping is much harder than it used to be. I also made a conscience effort to limit my spending. As a result when I was wrapping gifts I realized I had very little for Ruby (like one small gift of dress up shoes from Goodwill). I remembered that I had saved a doll house from Taylor and Ruby had never played with it, I dug it out cleaned it up and wrapped it! It was a hit! I love that I was able to use something we already owned and it did not cost anything.
Mikaela showered the children with gifts! Ruby got beautiful earrings, a wand, dress up shoes, Pixo's, candy jewelery factory and a pink razor phone!