My sister Melissa stole the idea of doing a paper chain Christmas countdown with activities during the month of December to keep her kids from popping around the house like popcorn for 25 days straight. This year I'm stealing the idea from her since I suddenly have a child who can't stand it and wishes it was Christmas TODAY. Every day. Bridget and I made the chain together (next year I need to surprise her) and I think we may have made it a few days too early since we have conflicting activities now. So far we've had a few Christmas movie nights, a family birthday party at Grandma's, Christmas shopping, and This Is The Place Heritage Park. I knew we'd have to do that last one early in the month because it would take some serious Christmas spirit to get us out there with the babies. We went to The Corner Bakery for dinner, then drove around The Avenues in Salt Lake instead of going a block and a half the other direction. Bah. We got back on track quickly, though.
My favorite part of the evening, though, was their live Nativity in a real barn. A couple of "shepherds" waited by a fire until it was just our little family ready to go in, then they led us very quietly into the barn. We could hear a real baby crying as we walked toward the stall and then we saw the actors there playing Mary and Joseph with Baby Jesus. We stood there watching them for a few minutes and a couple of "wise men" came in and quietly put their gifts in front of the baby. All of us were mesmerized. We didn't talk for a minute after we walked out of the barn, then Bridget whispered to me, "I liked seeing the Baby Jesus." I even heard her telling Clara about it yesterday. I'm so glad that was her take-away from the experience. :)
|Bridget in the candy store. That candy garland is pretty awesome. I should steal that idea too.|
|Bridget doing some crafts while Daddy entertains the boys. Emil B. was not having most of this activity. We bundled him up so much that he was too warm. Woops.|
|I couldn't resist taking a photo of this tableau - a sewing machine in the back room of one of the houses, right next to a big window. That's exactly where I would have put it, too. :)|
|Bridget made an icicle ornament and she checked its sparkle at every lamp post.|
|Watching her wishes go up the chimney. Note the rocking chair and dutch oven next to the fire.|