We had our traditional Christmas-tree decorating party this week! We hauled the boxes upon boxes of decorations down from storage, ate a delicious dinner, and then got to work! Okay, okay, my Mom got to work. She does most of the house decorating, while the kids stick to the tree. For some reason though there are only a few candy canes left despite the fact that we hung two huge boxes of them. The rule in our house is that you can only eat a candy cane if it breaks which means they conveniently fall and snap into pieces quite often. Sadly, we also broke quite a few ornaments this year because we took out the rug in our living room and breakable Christmas ornaments don't mix well with hardwood floors.
My Dad made homemade hot chocolate for everybody! It was amazing :)
I LOVE our house at Christmas time. We have such a cool blend of Christmas decorations that represent a variety of cultures, ranging from Ethiopian to Swedish to African American, and even a few others.I love that my siblings don't just see images of a white Santa and a blue eyed baby Jesus during the Christmas season. Instead they can celebrate the birth of Christ the way I believe it was meant to be celebrated--valuing people from all tribes, tongues, and nations.
And of course we had to conclude the night by watching the Claymations :) I think the walrus scene is a unanimous favorite!
P.S. My Mom and Janaya leave for Ethiopia on SUNDAY!!! Well technically Monday, but they leave for D.C. on Sunday :)