Friday, December 27, 2019

Christmas 2019

This year was quite the contrast to last year's Christmas, which was spent in Sri Lanka. We had the house totally decorated, attended church on Christmas Eve, made gingerbread houses, and spent Christmas Day in pajamas opening presents and watching movies and having a perfect family day.

We dressed in matching red and took some photos before heading to church. Afterwards we did homemade pizzas, opened their Christmas pajamas, and watched Home Alone.


Christmas morning two of the girls woke up and we had to wake the third when breakfast was ready! After a delicious meal of homemade cinnamon rolls, eggs, bacon, and homemade salsa.

Afterwards we moved onto the stockings the girls were patiently waiting to open followed by their presents. We don't do big presents - we stick with the following rhyme for Christmas gifts:

Something you want,
Something you need,
Something to wear,
Something to read,
And something fun for everyone.

We got the girls different gifts for their "want", neck pillows for traveling for their "need", Christmas pajamas for their "wear", and a Lego set and shrink-a-dink set for their "fun for everyone". I am most excited about their "read" which is three books written by local expatriate authors in Qatar! 

We also have decided not to do Santa Claus as a family. We discussed with the girls the "character" of Santa that people believe in and how it's based on a real person, but he isn't any more real than Mickey Mouse or the Disney princesses. We also firmly discussed how it's not their place to tell anyone who believes otherwise so hopefully they adhere. 

We did't forget our feline family members and they "opened" their stockings for cat toys and wet food which the girls gave them right away. 

That afternoon each girl decorated a gingerbread house and had a blast. Surprisingly Madi gave up quickly saying she was done and Evelyn and Olivia spent another 30-45 minutes adding intricate details to theirs. However, I think the one Jason and I decorated is the best. #totallybiased

We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas from the Stingerie crew!

"But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."

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