Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Traditions - New & Old

We have had a wonderful season celebrating Christ in all of our Christmas festivities this year. The kids are both at an age where the excitement and wonder of Christmas is truly fun to see - Mackie even enjoyed planning a birthday party for Jesus the other day, complete with strawberry cake and fun party games. May she and Brax both cling to the cross each and every Christmas and the precious baby boy that was born in the manger so many years ago - our SAVIOR!

Mackie and I both experienced our first Prairie Nutcracker at the Fox Theater two weekends ago. I grew up taking ballet and even danced in a few Nutcrackers when Hutch hosted them several years ago. Now, my former ballet instructor created her own masterpiece highlighting Kansas in the Prairie Nutcracker. In its 10-year production, this was the first time I'd been able to see it. My mom joined us too for some daughter-mommy-grandma time!

We also built gingerbread houses a few weekends ago through Hutch Rec's Gingerbread House Decorating event. I had the pleasure of seeing the behind-the-scenes action and our community of amazing volunteers who built 1,150 houses for the event, so I was super excited to take the kiddos! Brax and Mackie both created their own houses - and left the candy on the house (not in their mouths!). Call me impressed!

This past weekend we baked sugar cookies and I decided it was the year to let the kids decorate their own cookies (meaning: not just sprinkles, but colored frosting, too!). Jack and I were very happy that we, a: put an apron on Mackie; and b: decided to let Brax decorate in just his dipe. Our favorite little guy seriously used an entire tube of red and green sprinkles on his cookies. (see the end result below)

And what are traditions without viewing all of the Christmas lights around town? We bundled up on Sunday night and ventured out with blankets and applesauce (we're on a sugar high enough in this household, so applesauce was dessert on this particular night!) and took on the pretty sights that Hutch has to offer. Of course this was the only pic I could snap, as little man (again, on a sugar high) was bouncing off the walls and could barely contain himself or stand still for a pic.

We are VERY excited for the best Christmas tradition of all - going to our church's Christmas Eve Candlelight service and celebrating the precious birth of Jesus through Scripture and singing. We'll then head out to my cousin's house on the farm for some family time - and then head to bed for another wonderful day of celebrating Jesus tomorrow, on Christmas Day!

More pics and journaling of our Christmas celebrations to come, but in the meantime....

Merry Christmas, everyone! May you keep Christ FIRST in all of your celebrations with family and friends.

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." - Isaiah 9:6

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