Monday, December 28, 2009

Three Gifts

Jeremy and I spent lots of time talking about what we want Christmas to look like for Emerson. Instead of massive amounts of presents under the tree, we decided (with a little help from a friend) that since baby Jesus received three gifts from the Wise Men, three was a good amount to go with. So this year, we started a tradition that we hope to continue for good: three gifts from mom and dad and one gift from Santa. Of the three "mom and dad" gifts, one will be a "want" and one will be a "need", leaving a little flex room for the third gift. We feel that toning down on the gifts will help us focus on teaching Emerson about the real reason for the season.

Opening a special gift from mom and dad before leaving for Chicago.

On Christmas Eve, we traveled to see my family and stayed for four days. It was a whirlwind of fun and family activities. Lots of good food too!

Watching the squirrels and birds outside on Christmas morning with Grandpa.

Saying "Hello!" to a special new friend from Uncle Adam.

Riding in her new sled from Grandma.

Unwrapping the last of the presents once we got back home.