Christmas Eve

Nathan had to play violin at First Church in Bartlesville last night, and I was working the ER, so the children went to his parents for their Christmas celebration. I sent gingerbread house kits so they could play, and they had a blast! I think they got them half eaten today.

But because I worked last night, I got today off. I already have tomorrow off because of working the weekend. That makes tonight our Christmas Eve, and we will celebrate Christmas on Tuesday. It works for us.

We got the last of the boxes unpacked and out of the house, and the kids broke down the empty boxes and took them to the recycling center. That was my present! I love it! So we are all moved in, except for hanging pictures, and now the garage is empty of the empty boxes so I can finish moving their clothes for next year and food storage. I am so grateful for all their hard work and so much help! I can’t believe we got moved in just one week!

We celebrated with our Christmas dinner: turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and a tablecloth – which, as Alex says, shoes we mean business.

It was lovely just to be home, and I am so excited to just rest tomorrow (even from cooking, since we have turkey leftovers).

I gave them their traditional Christmas Eve present of new pajamas, and they were so excited. I love that they still love this! They are growing up so fast!

We did a Family Home Evening about the Christmas story, and drank egg nog, and ate little chocolate snow men, and sang Christmas carols.

Nathan has worked for months on their Christmas Eve presents – which he has traditionally made for them every year.

This year, he read (only the first) Harry Potter book to them at bedtime, and the older three got to see the first movie.

So this year, for their homemade gifts, Nathan made them magic wands, and quill feather pens, and each one a different special power amulet, and official invisible cloaks (with iron on patches for the insignia). They were thrilled! They were so excited, and each felt so special, and he gave them each a little speech about what makes them unique and special and powerful. It was amazing.

The boys are now camping in Kirk’s room for the night, and the girls in Barrett’s room, so that we can get them to sleep to set up Santa presents and bring them all out at once in the morning.

Except we have another Christmas Eve tradition: booby trapping the children like in the original Parent Trap camp scene. It’s a hoot, sends off alarms if they try to sneak out in the night, and they love crawling through it like Mission Impossible lasers in the morning when it’s time to come out. We love this game, and it’s so fun, and good for them for physical therapy on a week when they miss appointments.

We will celebrate our Christmas morning tomorrow, and they are so excited!

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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