December was a crazy month. The winter was long, cold, and cold and long!!!! (And in hindsight, I have to say THAT WAS JUST THE BEGINNING ; )
I returned from Utah on December 3rd and had to immediately begin decorating for Christmas. I knew it would come quickly--it always does. I laugh when I think about this little decoration for our front yard that Allan bought. Here it is--I'm sure you can tell why we laugh every time we see it!!! As you can see, Ella is out again ; )
The first weekend of the month was our Nativity Pageant at The Forks. It was great as usual--a little cold like it has been in the past.
This was the scene after dinner when we gathered in the living room for the singing, stories, and the ever popular gift exchange. They were so fun. As always the Canada hats and scarves were always the most "coveted" gifts!!!! It was such a treat to share our Christmas Eve with these wonderful missionaries. They were so appreciative and we had a blast.
I do have to admit at the end, Allan and I commented that we really don't know how we could have done it without the kids. They were such a HUGE help. We were pretty exhausted when it was all over, but it was a good kind of exhausted. And because it was Christmas Eve there was still much to do. Santa Claus brought our pajamas, so we had to get changed and take our traditional pajama photo.