This was the first year that we were not with our extended family for Christmas so it was a little bit different for us. (My family came down the day after Christmas.) Though it was different, it was very nice.
We spent the day doing some things around the house that needed to be done which included getting our meals prepared for that day and Christmas Day. Since we were doing things different this year, I selected some Cajun meals for both days. For Christmas Eve, we had Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Garlic Bread, Cesar Salad, and cupcakes that were dropped off by a friend earlier in the day as a treat.
Here’s our table set and ready for our Christmas Eve dinner:
Before dinner, we all gathered in the living room for family worship. Rob lead us through the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Enjoying our dinner
(Yes, even with our fountain drinks!)
Our yummy Christmas Eve Dessert
Thanks Tiany!!! They were delicious:)
We started our day in worship at church. During our normal Sunday School time, we had our annual Christmas service where we sang Christmas hymns and read through the scriptures about the story of our Savior’s birth. Then, we had our normal worship service.
After we came home for church, everyone was getting changed before eating lunch. All the kids were changed but Rob and I were still changing…you know because we were helping little ones change first. While we were changing, we heard a scream, crying, and kids shouting, “Blood!!!” We went to see what was going on and found Sarah with a bleeding forehead. Yes, she was running around the house (which is a no-no), tripped on something, and hit her head somewhere on the door.
She had a nice gash on her forehead that was deep. We cleaned it and tried to pull it together with liquid band-aid but it wouldn’t hold it shut. Rob took her to the ER to get checked out. She ended up with three stitches for Christmas! Thankfully, it was one of the fasted ER visits we’ve ever had. They were gone for about 3 hours total!!! (That was leaving the house and returning to the house.)
Here she is sitting in one of the ER rooms after being stitched up:
In keeping with our Cajun theme, we were having Shrimp Ettoufee, Cesar Salad, and Garlic Bread for dinner. We had invited friends from church over who didn’t have any big plans for Christmas either. (They had already celebrated with their families on previous days.)
Here’s the girls: Sarah, Ella, and Emma. As you can see, Sarah had us swap out her orange band-aid to a pink princess band-aid.
(I think he enjoyed his meal!)
Chad and Amy
Haystacks, Peppermint Bark, and Rocky Road Bark for dessert
After dinner, the children decided that they wanted to sing for us so Ella joined them. Ian played one song on the keyboard while they all sang then he joined them for another song.
These two days were different yet special. We enjoyed the time with just us and having friends over yet looking forward to our visit with family.
How did you spend your Christmas?