… and some do. 

What Did Not Change This Christmas: 
  • The excitement of waking up on Christmas morn. 
  • The menu: Spiral ham, crock-pot mac & cheese, and yummy desserts 
  • The reading of Luke 2 prior to opening gifts 
  • Time with family and friends
  • The Christmas Story marathon
  • We were blessed to be able to spend time with “MaMa” (Dad’s mother). We visited her at NHC and I wouldn’t take anything for that time with her. 
What Did Change This Christmas:
  • Our budget. 🙂 We pared down our list and tried to simplify more this year than in the past.
  • Our non-fake-o tree. It was hoisted out the front door on Christmas morn when we discovered aphids had hatched in the tree. I’ll spare you the details, but I’m thankful the tree sat on hardwood floors and not carpet. 
  • It would be the final year of celebrating Christmas at my grandmother’s house (whom went home to be with the Lord in Dec 2007). With my great-aunt now in an assisted living place, the house will be put up for sale. Many wonderful memories linger within those walls of Christmases past.  Sad, but necessary. 
  • Brian and I opened our gifts for one another on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas morning. Without either of the boys here (for the first year ever) on Christmas morning, it just seemed like something we should try. We did, however, save our stocking exchange for the big day. I enjoy stocking stuffers almost as much as the actual gifts. Brian is a stocking-stuffer-meister!
  • We missed Brandon and Megan not being here (but we were delighted to have them stay for several nights during the wedding!). Zach and Sarah came by Christmas morning. Now that’s the best change of all! 
  • Reading Luke 2 twice on Christmas morning! Brian read it before he and I peeked in to our stockings… and then we were delighted when Sarah requested a second reading before opening their gifts. God is good. So good. 
  • Brian and I also set out to try a new Christmas Eve supper since it’s just the two of us now. We had initially planned to go Chinese but eventually decided on Joy of Tokyo. 🙂 
I’m sure I’ll think of other things once I hit the “Publish Post” button. 🙂 Bottom line… it was a wonderful Christmas!

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