Sunday, January 15, 2012

Celebrating Christmas 2011

Love came to a stable on that very special night to 
bring us out of darkness into His glorious light. 

We had a lovely Christmas celebration starting with Mass on Christmas Eve where Fone and Mario were both altar servers and Melody and Ariel sang in the children's choir.  It seems so strange sitting in a pew with only two children, but it is such an honor to be letting them serve our church in that way.  I am so proud of all that they are becoming!  

Here's some shots of the girls that I grabbed real quick before Mass started...

Christmas morning looks a little different at our house than most families because of St. Nicholas coming earlier to our family.  The kids woke up to the best Christmas present ever though - the Son of God, Jesus, born for us all!  The two little boys unwrapped our 2 Jesus figurines to place into our nativities.  Max and Pookey were so sweet and excited!  Thank you God for sending us your Son!! 

Next we celebrated at Neil's parents house with a brunch.  It's always a grand celebration when we get together because out of Neil and his brother, there are 14 children!  What a blessing large Catholic families are!  It definitely is hard work, but I wouldn't trade it for the world!  The kids also performed a play of the Nativity - it was precious!  Here are some pictures...
Max loved his new friend for the day (a foreign exchange student from Spain who was staying with Neil's brother and his family) - the two of them were shepherds who got dressed up but never actually performed in the play - lol! 

Pookey and Mirr

the angels proclaiming the Good News that a Savior has been born

Mary with baby Jesus and Joseph

the 3 kings coming to adore the new Baby

the cast

my sweet niece

resting and watching a movie

Happy Birthday to Jesus!!
For dinner, we went to celebrate Christmas with my family.  With us four girls being so close (of friends and vicinity) it always makes for fun times with all the kids, husbands, us girls and our parents.  Here are some pictures from our evening Christmas celebration with my side of the family....

the whole crew

one of my sisters and her two kiddos

my baby sister with her 2, doh, I mean 3 kiddos (see that belly!!)    ;)

Happy Birthday Jesus!! 
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