Our experiment on how we “do” Christmas was a success. We went to Christmas Eve service at church, then came home and opened presents. (Note to self: do present opening earlier in the day so youngest child will not tire out too quickly).
On Christmas day we did the stockings and then made and ate the birthday coffee cake. (Another note to self: make the dough the night before so we don’t tide ourselves over and fill up with cereal and stale popcorn.) It was a really good coffee cake, especially being the first one I’ve ever attempted.
After resting Du and R made cookies. We then delivered the reindeer cupcakes (see previous post) to her friends and went to visit the patients and staff at the VA. Upon coming home we rested more and I made dinner. This big dinner was planned for Christmas Eve, but alas, I still have not learned to pull out that ham in time to let it thaw before cooking. I was smart enough to buy a precooked ham though, so the cooking of the big meal wasn’t stressful.
It was nice, no stress on Christmas Day. We could focus on Jesus’ birth and share a little of what we have (or what we could make) with others. I believe we’ll be “doing” Christmas this way again.