Christmas day

We had a very good Christmas Day. Our son’s family came over around 1:00, and we enjoyed watching the grands open gifts. I told DDIL that it didn’t look like so many gifts when I ordered them… :-}

As our family tradition dictates, DH opened the gathering with a reading of the account of Christ’s birth from the old pulpit Bible from the Mud Creek Presbyterian Church (established in 1838 and sited where the Old Salem Cemetery is located in Washington County, IL).

reading Luke 2:1-20

Twin2 couldn’t stand it. She wanted to open presents NOW!

she loves Pa's tie

Stockings are always fun. Thanks to DD#2 and DD#3 for doing my stocking shopping for me this year. And I still managed to slip a few surprises into their stockings.

stocking time

Christmas morning

During the afternoon, we skyped with DS#2 and his wife. Love technology! We watched them open our gifts to them and they were able to watch us open their gifts to us.

watching D & J open gifts

Twin1 loved her magic wand. She walked around saying “presto!” to everything she waved her wand at.

magic wand!

We stopped for a “bread break.” When it’s time to form the rolls you need to stop and do it. The twins LOVE to help Ma make rolls and buns.

helping Ma make rolls and buns

The twins wrapped this package for DD#1. They couldn’t agree on paper, so they used both kinds.

specially wrapped by the twins

New situations don’t bother Amy. She was very interested in what was going on.


Anyone else get a knitted Dalek for Christmas?

her very own Dalek

All those wonderful toys and they like bubble wrap better.

all those presents and she likes the bubble wrap best

We had a nice leisurely day. I enjoyed it. The grands ended up staying overnight and we were able to enjoy their company on Monday, as well.

Most of all, we rejoice in God’s great love and provision on our behalf. Thanking Him for the birth, life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.



  1. Mary Cavalier
    Posted December 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Such a joy to have the girls so close! Love how they compromised on the gift wrapping.

  2. Diane Bayer
    Posted December 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    It had to be a wonderful day! So glad your grands are close. We had 4 of ours the last couple days and Dana said a couple times how much he loved having them here.

  3. Posted December 30, 2011 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    I’m glad to hear you had a good Christmas!it was mine and my boyfriends first Christmas away from home,it was still nice..

    I have been wanting to ask you if you have ever done a putZhouse tutorial post because I would like to learn how to make them.

  4. Posted December 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Hilary, I hope you’ll give the putz houses a try. They are a lot of fun to make. Here’s a post with pictures of some of the ones I’ve made.

    And here is my tutorial post.

    Have fun! ~~Rhonda

  5. Posted May 17, 2017 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    I love your tradition of reading from the old Mud Creek Presbyterian Church Bible. I’m very interested in the Mud Creek Church and wonder how you came across the Bible and if you have any other information on Mud Creek? I’m having trouble getting anything beyond the very basics. I’ve been to the cemetery several times and have Logan relatives (and others) buried there.

    Thank you.

  6. Posted May 17, 2017 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    Mike, thank you for your comment re: the Mud Creek Church. My husband’s family obtained the church pulpit Bible in this manner: Mr. Gillispie (not sure of his first name, but we can probably find out), a near neighbor of the Mud Creek Presbyterian Church had the Bible and gave it to my husband’s grandparents, saying, “You should have this.” My husband Russell says that was probably in the 1930s. His grandparents were George and Mabel (Prest) Coulter. It was passed to my husband’s parents (Kenneth and Beulah (Kerr) Coulter and then to my husband Russell Coulter.

    My husband’s mother (Beulah Kerr Coulter) made a family history book and included a page about the Mud Creek Church. Russell scanned the page and I will send it to you via email. I hope you will find it interesting to read. Thanks, again, for your comment! ~~Rhonda

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