Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! I know that my family had a great day. Before going into the details of our Christmas, I wanted to share the story that started Christmas in the first place. My family and I like to celebrate Christmas with presents, spending time together, and good food, but we always remember the true meaning of the season.

Luke 2
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Christmas morning at my house starts with us all having to wait at the top of the stairs until my parents get the cameras ready. It always seemed like forever when I was a kid. Harper was buzzing with anticipation to see what Santa had brought her.
After we see all of Santa's presents, we have a big breakfast. This year I made some Christmas shaped sour cream scones.

My big present was a new Ninja blender for college. It also has attachments for a food processor and chopper. I am super excited to use it!

Using my new blender I made some festive oatmeal.
After breakfast was family present opening time. This is the hat Harp and I knitted Carson.
Here is Harp with Marie and her new doll Sage wearing the matching outfits I made them.
We ended a wonderful day with our traditional alfredo steak tacos. (Homemade alfredo sauce and steak in a taco shell!)  They were especially delicious. I hope your Christmas was as great as ours!

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