Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Eve 2016

Christmas 2016 at the Nielson home was a beautiful success!
On Christmas Eve morning, my brother Jesse invited my 
siblings to his house for breakfast.
He made waffles and eggs, and we speculated on the upcoming winter storm--
 (that we all hoped we'd see that night!).
After we delivered a few Christmas gifts to neighbors, we came 
home and made marshmallows. 
The girls were begging me to try them again this year.
It was really easy and delicious!
The rain began outside, and we drove to Sweet Tooth Fairy. 
Owner Megan generously donated ten boxes of her delicious treats, 
which we distributed to five fire stations in Provo.
We thanked them for their service and dedication, 
especially for their sacrifice on Christmas Eve. 
We truly appreciate it!
It warms my heart to think that some families might visit the firehouse. 
These treats would surely make their visit all the more delightful. 
Beginning this tradition was a very special moment for me, 
and I must confess that tears would well up every time we handed over the boxes. 
I was once on the receiving end of their service, 
and I will always be grateful to them for that.
We met up with more of my sibling's families for dinner,
and then Mr. Nielson and I took the kids to a movie.  
This is another Nielson tradition.  
This time, we brought our fleece Cinemark blankets and 
snuggled up together on row 6.

We traveled back home through the heavy rain, hoping for a change to snow. 
The Little Nies excitedly unwrapped their Christmas PJs 
while we gathered around the fire and the lit tree to read Luke 2. 
Mr. Nielson and I expressed our deep love and gratitude for the Savior 
and His gospel, then said our prayers and tucked the little ones into bed.
Then we wrapped presents together and had to 
tell the Little Nies to go to bed probably about 40 times.  
Around 12:30, we noticed the rain had turned into gorgeous snow!
And it didn't stop for 24 hours!
Talk about a Christmas miracle!!

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