Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Christmas Memories--Part IV
The final Christmas memories will be THE WINNIPEG YEARS. One of the fun things is there always seems to be lots of deer in the backyard--almost looks like they were having a meeting and one guy was left out ; (
We moved here in February 96, so our first Christmas here was 96. In actuality a couple of Christmases since 96 were not here--we had 99 in Reno right after Allan's father passed away. 2008 was held in Utah--amazingly enough Allan's moms last Christmas.
I won't separate the pictures according to years--I'll just post them with an explanation.
We are all about traditions--we have several. The pajamas have been a tradition FOREVER--we did it when I was a kid, although we didn't take pictures in ours. So, keep in mind, if you ever plan on visiting us at Christmas, there will be pajamas and there will be pictures.
Christmas morning we always have waffles and strawberries and nice thick bacon. Quite often the kids call while we're having our breakfast. They all know what we're eating. Here we are 2002 Christmas morning.
2005 and 2006 were my first Christmases with a son on a mission. A whole new experience, but I SURVIVED (and so did he). We'll face that again next year when Kyle is gone. Here's a pic of Brent at Christmas while on his mission--probably the only snowman he would find in Arizona. How I loved getting those phone calls on Christmas Day.
For the last few years, I have done the majority of the decorating of the trees and whenever the kids came home they put their ornaments on the tree. 2005 Heidi and Kyle putting on their ornaments.
We always enjoy when visitors come at Christmas (this year besides Heidi, Brent, and Kyle coming home, Allan's sister, Bev, came yesterday. In 1997 Chris, Amanda and Neal came. The kids enjoyed playing outside--not sure they would do that today.
The next year, Wendy and Tony came. We had a ball.
2003 Neal came for Christmas.
We were thrilled in 2004 because Neal brought Macy--they got engaged a month later.
We have enjoyed so much the Nativity Pageants--and a highlight was the year we participated. Kyle and I had a ball. I won't include the picture of me as a bearded shepherd--it's been included too many times. But I will include my little angel ; )
For a couple of years we went to the "Lights of the Wild". Our Zoo had a light display and it was always so fun to go--it seemed to be the coldest day of the year. I remember laughing with Wendy and Tony when we went to the zoo--we were so cold.
We also have a fun little train that we ride. Here's the group waiting to ride the train in 2002.
After poor Macy riding the train and freezing her cookies I don't know if she'll ever be game to come back to Winnipeg; ) This year we'll wait for Heidi to get home--I know she would be soooooooooo disappointed if she wasn't able to ride the little train ; )
We also go carolling--usually have friends, and sometimes the missionaries, come for soup either before or after we go. Again we will go the Sunday after Heidi gets home--that will be after Christmas, but that's okay.
Christmas Eve means homemade soup and rolls. (I have to admit, but shhhh don't tell anyone, when we first started I opened a can of soup--I have progressed to homemade ; ) In 1997, I got special Christmas bowls. I guess Heidi, Brent, and Kyle were tired of having mom take pictures ; )
2001 with Grandma and Gerry.
One of the funnest things that we have done at Christmas while we have been here in Winnipeg has been to feed all the missionaries. This year we will have 46--working on figuring out how to get them all at tables. I think we have it all figured out--wish me luck ; ) We do a little gift exchange for them--I love going out and buying all the gifts--I buy gloves, hats, scarfs, mosquito spray (very necessary in the Summer). They are all wrapped and under the tree. I feel for the missionary who gets the fruitcake--he or she will have it until the end.
I HOPE YOU ARE ALL READY AND THAT YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS. HUGS TO YOU ALL.