Our Simple Christmas

Our family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas! What a surprise it was to wake up to a white Christmas and still see the snow falling! I loved the gift of snow and was filled with excitement about Paxton’s first Christmas being white!

We began our Christmas morning sipping on coffee and hot tea and eating delicious cinnamon rolls. While we were eating breakfast, we read through our Adorenaments book and decorated our small tree with ornaments that represent different names of Jesus.

We enjoyed reading through the names of Jesus and plan to use these in future years in the days leading up to Christmas instead of reading through all of the names on Christmas morning. It was wonderful reading through the different names like”Lion of Judah” and “Bread of Life” and reflecting on the gift that God sent the world in the form of a tiny baby!

We desire to keep Christmas very simple at our home and focus more on the birth of Christ than on gifts. This year John David and I decided not to exchange gifts and we gave Paxton 3 gifts.

His first gift was a beautiful set of wooden blocks. He already is enjoying chewing on them and mama and daddy are enjoying spelling with them, I’ve already left John David an “I love you” block note on the coffee table!

After Paxton stopped nibbling on the wrapped gifts, he did a pretty good job opening his presents! Of course we had to watch him because once he pulled off a piece of paper, he wanted to eat it! We did have fun watching him open his presents though!

His second gift was a “slide and find” truck book. He enjoyed reading it with daddy right after he opened it!

Paxton’s third gift was a big truck book. It’s full of farm trucks, big trucks, town trucks and is a wonderful book for boys of all ages! Of course when this book was opened, Paxton and Daddy looked through it together and I’m sure they’ll read through this one together many times in the coming years!

He loves looking at the pictures of all the different kinds of bright trucks!

We spent Christmas day just being together. I stayed in my pajamas all day long, we played with Paxton’s new blocks and his other toys from his grandparents, aunts and uncles, we sipped on egg nog, we let Paxton take a long bath and play, we nibbled on some of our favorite foods and enjoyed the snow!

Our Christmas was simple and wonderful, celebrating the birth of our savior and spending time with family!




15 Replies to “Our Simple Christmas”

  1. We spend our Christmas morning drinking coffee and enjoying cinnamon rolls, too! (What kind of coffee do you like? And do both of you drink it? What did you do while pregnant?)

    1. I am not a coffee drinker, although I have had 2 decaf lattes in the past few weeks and enjoyed them (although there wasn't too much of a coffe taste!)

  2. Looks like a wonderful Christmas. We only got the boys 3 gifts each, but they got spoiled by Kennys parents. btw I am posting from my new blog. 🙂

    1. Paxton was given a lot of gifts from both sets of grandparents, great grandparents and aunts and uncles! Thankfully, they kept things simple, useful and gave us several clothing items in bigger sizes that he actually needed!

      I love the look of your new blog and I've already subscribed! 🙂

  3. Sounds like a lovely Christmas. 🙂

    We didn't keep things simple this year because we know that David won't be home next year, as , although I had really wanted to. As we shopped together, it was hard to narrow down the gifts when we saw things we knew the boys would love. I enjoy watching David shop for his boys, and of course, we both enjoy their delight in opening presents.

    I was so sad that I missed out on the white Christmas in the South. We had over a foot of snow, so we still had a white Christmas, but I think being home for it would have been pretty awesome… even if it was just a few inches… 🙂

    Ready for the New Year? I can't believe how much Paxton has grown! Getting so big.

    1. I don't blame you for making it a big deal! I'm sure the boys will remember this Christmas! The white Christmas was something…the first one I remember!! And Paxton is getting so big, even though he is 8 months, he looks like he's a year old and acts more like a little boy than a baby, minus the whole communication thing…that is my biggest challenge right now!

      1. Try Singning Times to help communicate with Paxton. It's sign language and its a whole seriers of DVD's that a mom made with her daughter and nephew for others to learn sign language. You can usually get them from the library. It really helped with my four little ones. They have snappy little tunes that the kids love and its very repetitive for the little ones, brightly colored and more importantly lots of kids.
        As for easy cinnamon rolls try the Pioneer Womans cinnamon rolls. They are super easy and taste wonderful. You can even make them ahead of time and then just pop them in the oven for 20 minutes to heat them up.
        You know my husband and I only exchange small gifts with each other and actually they are gifts we help the kids buy for us. My husband helps them buy for me and I help them buy for my husband. It really isn't about us opening gifts, its about creating memories and traditons for the kids and as long as we are together and healthy all is good in our book.
        It looks like you had a lovely, relaxing Christmas Day (as it should be)!

        1. Thanks for the signing recommendation, I'll check and see if my library has them! I've heard great things about Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls…I just need to try to make them!! I love the way your family does Christmas…i am looking forward to making things with Paxton to give as gifts in future years!!

  4. We spent a quiet day at home too! It looks like you guys had a great day. Cinnamon rolls are a tradition in our house every Christmas morning. I hope you all have a wonderful new year!

    1. Quiet days with family are wonderful!! I believe I may make cinnamon rolls a Christmas tradition here too, they are delicious and I never buy them (I do want to try to make some from scratch…maybe one of these days!!)

  5. Rachel, I found your blog this year and have enjoyed the glimpses into your home. I always enjoy seeing pictures of you. You have such a happy face and bright eyes and it makes me smile just to see you. While we're waiting to have our first child (the first one we can hold, anyway), I worry that I will be a grumpy, whiney mom. It's encouraging to see you and know there are some radiant moms out there!

    1. Thank you for the sweet words! Being a mom is wonderful, I do have my moments when I do whine about how hard it is but it is such a blessing. I hope your dreams of becoming a mama are soon realized either through birth or adoption!

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