Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Christmas Eve 2018

 On the afternoon of Christmas Eve, I took the Little Nies to a movie,
 (I slept through it-as usual).
Mr. Nielson has been working on a Christmas present for
Claire the past few weeks and wasn't finished with it yet, so
sadly he missed the movie.

In fact, I haven't seen much of Christian at all since 
 he's been working on this special gift.
Mr. Nielson met us in the parking lot so we could all go to dinner together
but we couldn't decide where to go since
 some of us ate too much popcorn and weren't hungry for dinner anymore.  
Some of us wanted tofu and rice-
 and ONLY tofu and rice, some of us wanted Mexican food,
and some of us just wanted to go home.
We walked into a restaurant, sat down and even ordered water.
We looked over the menu then decided to leave.
We just weren't feeling it.
Have you even done that?

We drove around town for a long time trying to find a place where we
 all wanted to eat- and a place that was even open on Christmas Eve.
The later it got the harder it was.
We gave up and instead went to our local fire station and delivered
chips and salsa to the firemen who were on call for Christmas Eve.
This has been one of our favorite Christmas Eve traditions for a years now.
After we went home and nibbled on Christmas treats
and opened our new Pajamas.
I asked each child to pick a favorite Christmas book for me to read
to them on the couch, then we sang every single 
Christmas song in the hymn book,
plus a few from the children songbook too.
(Over 17 songs!)
I think this was my favorite part of Christmas this year,
especially when we sang the song I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,
We LOVE this song!
Lottie fell asleep during our little family singing time,
and just like that it was time 
for the Little Nies to go to bed.  
Mr. Nielson and I finally crawled into bed at 2:30 
exhausted and excited.
 "Then rang the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead, nor does he sleep 
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail 
With peace on earth, good will to men"