Christmas got here so fast this year!! I cannot believe it is here and gone, but it was a great Christmas this year, even though many things about it were different. My parents and I opened our gifts and had Christmas dinner on Christmas eve. Dad made pancakes early on Christmas morning before we went to church (we HAD to keep tradition). Andrew surprised me and showed up to take me to church on Christmas morning and there we shared in a wonderful service celebrating the real reason for the season. It felt odd being at church on Christmas, but the more I thought about it the more I realized how easy it is to forget the true meaning for the Christmas season. As much as I don't like change, I'm thankful for the change of pace this Christmas, and for the wonderful service and celebration we had Christmas morning. 
Here's some pictures (with my new camera!!) from our Christmas dinner at the Reismiller's house on Christmas Eve.
I just loved this picture

Christmas Eve 2011

Games with 14 people always make for an interesting time

No bake cookies are one of mom's best





Like I said, Christmas day was special even though it didn't "feel" like Christmas, it was nice to enjoy it with those that I love the most! 
Andrew and I spent our first "official" Christmas together since we've been dating and it meant a lot that he surprised me and came to hear me sing Christmas morning! He is wonderful and I was so thankful he could spend that time with me and my parents. 
Christmas Day! I love this boy! 

Christmas night ended with my Mom and I going to see "We bought a zoo" and no I didn't find myself crying 3 times during the movie (cough, cough). It really was a great movie. We came back home, made sandwiches, hung out, & enjoyed a lazy evening before our adventure to Orlando the next two days (There's another post coming soon to continue my Christmas adventure).
But all of that to say, I had a wonderful Christmas this year, and I really felt like more than any other year, we truly focused on the reason for the season.
I'm thankful for the baby that was born that eventually would save us all! 

O Come let us Adore Him!

Did you celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season? 


 


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