Thursday, December 29, 2011

It's Not Over 'Til It's Over

Every year, after we celebrate Christmas in Kentucky with our families, we come home and have our own cozy, slow little celebration. I went to the store to get some food for our special day, and the cashier asked if I had a good Christmas. It feels strange to me every year that the whole rest of the world is done with the celebrating, and it feels only just begun to me.

I forgot to charge the camera batteries and didn't get to take pictures of the kids opening their stockings, but I got some later while they were playing.

While the boys were sword fighting, the girls sat in the warm bathroom and made sculptures out of modeling beeswax.

For breakfast, I made everyone else homemade caramel rolls and bacon. For myself, I made some simple and delicious glazed almonds.

I put my bacon on GAPS-friendly cheddar rolls. Yum!

We ate, sang Christmas hymns, and read my favorite children's version of the Christmas story.
Then we opened presents, watching the kids play before opening more. That really draws it out and makes it relaxing.

I am SO glad we got this peanut ball for Zahana. It gives her something to take her energy out on in the house. She loves and it and said she wanted to use it even when she sits at the table.

Miah (sporting the new hair feathers she's been asking for) and I learned how to make angels out of roving. These were our first ones, then Miah made three more.

This book was my gift. I promptly made the yummy chocolate shake recipe.

The rest of the day was just spent playing and being together.

So that was yesterday. Today, I've been on a cleaning rampage, and Jeremiah and the kids put away the Christmas stuff. Most of it. I see a few forgotten items. No sense in removing all the cheerful memories just yet.
After all, the Spirit of Jesus, His humility, His sovereignty, His love, His sacrifice, it's not just for a few days but our whole lives. So whether you feel like it's over or not . . .
Merry Christmas!


  1. Merry Christmas to you, too, Sarah! I'm never ready for it to be over on the 26th. I feel like we work so hard to get ready for Christmas, why rush it to be over? I appreciate that my church observes the 12-day season of Christmas, not just one day. :) It's quiet around here now that visiting family is gone, but we're certainly not "back to normal"! LOL

  2. I so agree with you. We actually celebrate the 12 days of Christmas (which starts with Christmas day). It makes it a much less hectic and more leisurely Christmas.

  3. Merry Christmas to you too! I think I used to have an older edition of that exact same Christmas story when I was little! Your present looks interesting too... I meant to get that book while I was expecting Emmett, and somehow time slipped away before I knew it, and he was here! Maybe next time??? ;-)

  4. "'s not just for a few days but our whole lives." Amen. So very, very right.

    And what a delight to see the children absorbed in the gifts of the season.

  5. I've missed you this week! I hope all is well and you're just living life too fully to document it :) But it is funny how much I notice your absence!

    Thinking of you.