We had a really nice Christmas this year. We broke our "traditional" tradition of opening presents Christmas morning and opened them Christmas Eve morning. Everyone had to go back to work the day after Christmas and we decided together to go ahead and open them up so we would have more time to enjoy them. It's a good thing also; for with all the books and DVDs that were received it will take a while to get through them all. Christmas day everyone was sitting around with a book in their hands and Donald announced, "Guess this is what we get for teaching them how to read."
Our kids are simply amazing. It is so wonderful to see all the love and thought that they put into gifts for each other. Everyone has jobs this year so there were lots of gifts under the tree. It was the norm for them to have three or four gifts for each other. Donald and I were talking about it. Neither of us remember buying presents for our brothers or sisters. I don't really remember even being that nice to my brother. I wonder if being home-schooled has anything to do with their love for each other. By that I mean all the time spent together as a family. Now they fuss and fight occasionally, but usually work it out among themselves. They also stick up for each other if one of them are mistreated. Once a kid called Daniel a name and Bethany chased him down the street and told him he better never do that again! I guess he could tell by the look in her eye that she was dead serious. It didn't happen again.
Christmas Day we slept in and had "Bubble Bread" for breakfast and later read "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson. If you haven't read it you really must. It's only seven short chapters and always makes us laugh and cry. When the kids were younger I would read it to them on the last day of school before Christmas. Somehow we quit doing that and Bethany decided we needed to read it together as a family. Seven of us and seven chapters equaled one chapter each. It really makes the Christmas story and the meaning of Christmas even more special.