Christmas Day

When I walked into the kitchen for breakfast, the twins had already changed the chalkboard.

0 days until Christmas.

Our older son made the crust and our daughter-in-law made the quiche. That and apple cake with caramel rum sauce for breakfast. Delicious!



Our older son read the Biblical account of Christ’s birth from Luke 2:1-20, which we do each year before opening presents.

Luke 2:1-20

Picture time, then stocking time! Our three daughters on the left and our three grands on the right.

the stockings were hung on the staircase with care

stocking time

Years ago, I had made stocking for the four older kids, using double-sided quilted fabric. This year, I made one to match for our youngest daughter, who had been using a store-bought stocking all this time. I used that stocking for the cuff and the toe and also used the cord from the old stocking on the new one. Now her stocking finally matches her siblings’ stockings.

a new stocking

stocking toys included a little kaleidoscope.

My stocking stash…

stocking stuffings

Rose Red’s favorite crafting tool…tape! Lots of tape!

tape! lots of tape!

Both girls received piggy banks and Pa supplied them with a fistful of coins to put in their banks.

piggy banks for the twins

Snow White plans to be the first person on Mars.


Twirling’s Rose Red’s favorite thing. Middle daughter found a couple of dress-ups for her after Halloween. She wore this one all day, breaking into impromptu dances and twirls.

twirling's my favorite

And back to the astronaut…such different personalities in the twins.

Space Encyclopedia

And Pa, history buff and trivia guru that he is, recieved a set of Presidential blocks. One side has the President’s picture, one side his term of office, one side has interesting facts and nickname, another side is part of a flag puzzle…how many sides is that?…

Presidential blocks for Pa

Pa gave Ma a roomba! He readied it for service and it works great!


Our younger son and his wife called while we were opening gifts. So good to hear from them! After exchanging gifts and watching the girls enjoy each and every moment, we had a late lunch. Our older son’s family left soon after cleaning up lunch and the rest of us enjoyed naps or explored our gifts. Thanks to my family for making the day so special!

My favorite gift, Ski, is becoming more relaxed and playful. He is still confined to the bedroom. When anyone visits him, he waits at the door, eager for company.

Ski is becoming more relaxed and playful.

We hope your day was merry and bright, and above all, lit with the light of Christ’s love!

Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas! ~~Rhonda


  1. Genny
    Posted December 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Everything looks lovely !

  2. Hilary
    Posted December 27, 2014 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Such a beautiful post!I love how your family celebrates!Nothing like being home for the holidays.After living out of state for 3 1/2 years,this Christmas was extra special for us(first year home in 2 years and first Christmas married)Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

  3. Sande
    Posted December 30, 2014 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Breathtaking trees that are surrounding by you and your loved ones. Good food. Those gorgeous “girlie’s”, sweet kitties…and tons of wrapping everywhere. What more can you ask for on this special day.

    I’ve spent two days, almost non stop, on your blog going all the back to the beginning. I have looked at your trees at least 3 dozen times and can’t decide which one I like best. The glass tree is gorgeous but I keep going back to the blue and silver. I love cobalt, blue lights and silver so that might be my favorite.

    Merry Christmas and my you and yours be Blessed this New Year.

  4. Posted December 30, 2014 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Sande, it is a tie between the glass tree and the blue and silver tree for most of our guests. My fave is the glass tree, but I love the other one, too. Both are very serene and calming to watch as they rotate. Did you know I spray painted the blue and silver tree with silver spray paint? LOVE the way it turned out.

    Happy New Year to you! ~~Rhonda

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