Christmas 2012

January 20, 2013 at 10:51 PM 2 comments

This past Christmas for the first time since Faith and Shawn joined our family, we spent both Christmas eve and Christmas together, just the four of us! It was nice to not go anywhere and no one came and visited us. Just the four of us! I would say it was quiet but that wouldn’t be true if you have spent any time with either Faith or Shawn or both. haha.

We started off our Christmas morning by reading the Christmas story from a children’s Bible as the kids listened intently. Then we prayed to thank God for the amazing gift of his son and for the time we could spend with our family. Just the four of us!

We had such a great time together and the kids got lots of great gifts from friends. But from us we decided to give the kids four gifts. De-Ann found something on a blog that we have adopted to our own Christmas: something to read, something to wear, something they need, and something they want!

For the two of us, we decided to buy each other one gift. I got De-Ann a bag she has been wanting for a long time and she got me a case / keyboard. We both loved our gifts and we are going to do the same thing next year. Christmas should be simple and fun but we don’t want our kids to get caught up in the “me-factor” that Christmas has become.

Below are a few pictures of our Christmas day. Enjoy.

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Christmas eve 2012 Day 79…1 Corinthians 10:12-13

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paul DeGraaf  |  January 21, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    Love the gift idea. Thanks for the pics bro!

    • 2. Andrew DeGraaf  |  January 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      The idea was not ours, wish it was, but it wasn’t. De-Ann found it on a blog and we have made it part of our family tradition for now on. No matter how old the kids are they will always receive 4 gifts from us. BUT we can’t put the same restriction on the friends who have become extended family unfortunately. They love to spoil the kids!


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