Our #First #Christmas

This is our very first married Christmas!

We enjoyed our (only?) chance to sleep in on Christmas, waking slowly and appreciating the resting time and day for play. We danced in the kitchen to Christmas carols while we made breakfast, having a little waltz to the hot corn cereal and some crazy fun swing dancing to the bacon sizzling. We are so sappy-happy, and we are grateful.

We talked with family, fed popcorn to birds, and did our scripture study and said our prayers, and enjoyed dancing and breakfast. We made some fancy bean soup with onion and garlic and tomatoes and ham hock, and put it in the crockpot for later. We talked and laughed and sang and danced some more.

It is the best Christmas ever.

Now for the sweet part: presents!

While we were dating, we kept quoting The Little Prince, and it kept showing up in different ways at different times. It was even quoted at General Conference this October! I cried when I found a copy in French that my father had given to my mother for Christmas after they were married! So that is what I gave Nathan:

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Inside the cover, my dad wrote a little note to my mom, so I wrote inside the opposite page to Nathan.

I do love him so much!

Nathan made the sweetest thing for me! I knew he had worked for hours and hours, but I didn’t know for what. Turns out he made me three Christmas ornaments like snow cones, which I love so much all summer! I love them so much that I buy extra and freeze them for having when it’s off season. Too funny! Look how amazing he did, making all my favorite flavors:

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He bought water cooler cups and a styrofoam ball, and then spent hours pinning sequins into the ball.

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They are so pretty on the tree!

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It was a happy, happy morning!

Now we are going to check on Jess at mom’s, who should have discovered a few surprises this morning! I think I will walk the dogs over, so they think they have had an adventure in case the weather gets bad and they are cooped up later.

Nathan wants to walk over with me, which makes him good and brave and delightful all at once. I love my life with him, and we are so happy!

We are grateful for this holiday of so many people celebrating the birth of the Messiah, and we are grateful Heavenly Father planned the atonement all along. We are grateful that the Savior kept His promise to atone for us, and grateful for the joy we have when we follow His example.

Merry Christmas!

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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