This year we did something new and rented a cabin in Blue Ridge for the week of Christmas, and we had such a great time.  My parents came the first few nights.  Irv stayed with  us the whole week.  We enjoyed relaxing and eating good food.  We put a puzzle together, went on walks in the woods, enjoyed the jacuzzi and drank lots of coffee while sitting by the fire.

I learned some things about myself while we were away as it relates to Christmas and traditions.  This year I didn’t buy them Christmas pajamas because it just seemed wasteful since they have enough pajamas; however, once I uploaded the Christmas morning pictures, I see that the kids look a little cuter on Christmas morning with new pajamas as opposed to ones they have been wearing for the last two years.  And I also missed our “Happy Birthday Jesus” cupcakes.  Those are really very small things, I know.  Overall, I would say that this Christmas we were, as a family, more focused on Christ throughout the whole season than ever before and less distracted with gifts and other things that tempt to consume us.  We actually did some things and gave in ways that were hands on and more biblical than years before.  We are learning and growing, and for that I am thankful.

There isn’t a clear order to the pictures, but here are some of the ones I took:DSC_0153 DSC_0156 DSC_0158 DSC_0161 DSC_0165 DSC_0166 DSC_0167 DSC_0169 DSC_0170 DSC_0171 DSC_0174 DSC_0176 DSC_0177 DSC_0184 DSC_0188 DSC_0192 DSC_0197 DSC_0199 DSC_0214 DSC_0218 DSC_0231 DSC_0236 DSC_0244 DSC_0256 DSC_0257 DSC_0262 DSC_0264 DSC_0282 photo_9 photo photo_5 photo_4 photo_8 photo_7 photo_6 photo_3

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