Large Family Christmas 2016

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We like to keep Christmas simple. Here is a recap of our large family Christmas 2016.

We like to keep Christmas simple here in our house. We don’t put up a tree or exchange gifts but this doesn’t mean we don’t celebrate! We decorated sugar cookies (several different times in fact). We read The Greatest Christmas Pagent Ever together (my kids were rolling with laughter over the Herdman children’s antics.

We made graham cracker houses.

I wanted to surprise the kids with gingerbread house kits…but I went shopping on December 23rd and didn’t find a single one in the five stores I went to! As a last ditch effort, I spent $15 on graham crackers, frosting, and gumdrops. Guess what? They made amazing graham cracker houses and we decided this would be a new Christmas tradition!

We like to keep Christmas simple. Here is a recap of our large family Christmas 2016.

We had our annual Christmas Movie Night and Hot Chocolate Bar and watched Pete’s Christmas (cute and funny). 

We like to keep Christmas simple. Here is a recap of our large family Christmas 2016.

We went to a Christmas Eve service at church and came home to listen to Christmas music and have delicious snacks. The girls got all dressed up and asked me to take their picture.

On Christmas morning the kids opened their stockings. Each child received a book and Apollo received the Slinky he has wanted since October. He was over the moon and kept telling me how happy he was. Yes, our six-year-old was completely satisfied with: an orange, candy cane, pack of gum, candy and a Slinky for Christmas. He wouldn’t have been any happier with a dozen gifts. It’s not that he never received gifts (remember the Lion Temple?) For us Christmas simply isn’t a gift-giving holiday for us. Don’t worry, I have a surprise up my sleep for New Year’s Day. Just don’t tell my kids.

We like to keep Christmas simple. Here is a recap of our large family Christmas 2016.

On Christmas day we went to church, had Christmas dinner with my parents and laughed ourselves silly over The Game of Things.

The day after Christmas (or Boxing Day for my Canadian family) we headed up to Canda and spend the day with my inlaws.

Tucker brought me this LEGO book and said, “Mom, I just found the saddest LEGO set ever!”

We laughed and laughed as we tried to figure out what the heck this was and what you were supposed to put together. I laughed until my stomach hurt! Back at home I googled it and realized it is part of this Seaplane set. Why LEGO felt they needed a separate instruction manual for this, I’ll never understand… 

We like to keep Christmas simple. Here is a recap of our large family Christmas 2016.

The boys loved playing with Grandma’s “vintage” LEGO sets.

We like to keep Christmas simple. Here is a recap of our large family Christmas 2016. We like to keep Christmas simple. Here is a recap of our large family Christmas 2016.

How was your Christmas?Busy or calm?What was the best gift in your house?

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  1. Suzan Warnes

    We deliberately keep low key Christmases too. My youngest and her boyfriend decided to have a funny gift Christmas. This kept prices down and it was fun to shop for them too.

    I am glad you have had a joy filled Christmas and I love that Apollo was content with so little.

  2. My kids got their first Legos (real legos, not duplo!). They were beyond excited. The 5 year old put all four of his small starter kits together the first day…and I was worried that he might have trouble wth the instructions… Oh, and his first tooth fell out during our Christmas morning service/breakfast.

    We go light and relaxed–the biggest gifts were the legos and a tonka firetruck (another winner) that I found for $5 at a local thrift store. My 4 year old was thrilled with overalls and striped socks her grandma made for her… along with the legos and several other small things.

    We opened gifts on Christmas Eve so that we could focus on the birth of Christ on Christmas Day.

    • I LOVE that your kids got their first LEGO sets! What a great gift. Light and relaxed often helps everyone enjoy the holidays better. Thanks for sharing.

  3. It was busy! We had 17adults and 11 children for Christmas lunch (my side of the family) then 12 adults for dinner (hubbys side). We had lots of lovely, delicious food and we all got presents. The biggest gift – having my 2 girls home from the city (400kms away) and they’re here until the 10th of January! They were a great help on Christmas Day and since then we’ve been cooking great meals and playing board games and just chillin’ together. Love it!

    • Well, I have to say, that sounds fun! Our first two Christmases we lived around family and thoroughly enjoyed the big gatherings. But since we’re on our own, we choose to enjoy a quiet celebration.

  4. We got our 5 year old a Razor Scooter for Christmas. He also got a Spiderman spin toothbrush in his stocking. Guess which one he was more excited about? Yep. He’s brushed his teeth about 9 times a day since Christmas…

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