After much fretting and thinking, we have decided to stay home for Christmas this year and have an immediate family celebration. My oldest daughter and I are singing in a quartet for the Christmas Eve service. After church we will return home to watch A Christmas Story and eat Pork Pie, Swedish meatballs, and other yummy foods.
Christmas morning we plan to attend the 9:00 service and then come home for cinnamon rolls and present opening. I had made some tentative plans for Christmas afternoon, but Mike and I decided that it would be to costly this year. Instead, Mike came up with a fun family afternoon.
We have several pairs of cross country skis, Mike has been searching the second hand stores and managed to snag pairs for the remaining family members. We have skis to fit everyone!!! There is a nearby park with groomed trails and several tubing/toboggan hills. Snow is predicted over the next few weeks, so we should be able to spend the afternoon working off our Christmas dinner.
Mike and I have been cross country skiing several times, but we haven't been able to go as a family in a long time. I'm really looking forward to teaching the younger girls how to ski and trying to keep up with my older kids. This could end up to be a great family activity for snowy afternoons this winter.
Christmas night marks the return of Dr. Who on BBC with the annual Christmas special. We are huge Dr. Who fans and will all enjoy watching The Doctor while sipping hot chocolate in front of the fireplace.
What are your plans? Are you going with tradition or shaking things up this year? I'd love to hear about your celebration.