Posted by: Tricia | January 2, 2009

12 Days of Christmas

I have to admit that I find the “Christmas Post” to be a daunting task. With all of the parties, road trips, traditions and celebrations that occur during the holidays it really does seem like there are 12 days of Christmas.  I debated…do I create lots of posts about each “day of Christmas”?  Or do I squash all of the events into one gigantic post with tons of pictures that results in scrolling and scrolling and more scrolling down the page until, finally, it’s done!??  I decided to go for the all encompassing, never-ending, keep scrolling down the page version.  So, before I change my mind again, here it is…the Welch family 2008 Christmas in review!

Christmas Eve

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We attended our church’s Christmas Eve candlelight service with my mom and Dave.  It was our first time to go since we’ve lived in Fort Worth and we enjoyed it so much.  It was wonderful to hear the gospel spoken, and I loved that we took communion.  It was perfectly peaceful and reverent and I look forward to continuing this tradition for many years.  The service started at 5pm, which is typically Elliott’s fussy time of the day.  I fed him dinner a little early and went prepared with his pacifier (usually only allowed in the crib) and his blankie.  He made it through most of the service, but David had to take him out of the sanctuary to walk around when Pastor Darwin started his sermon.  Elliott watched in awe as the room gradually lit up with candle lights at the end of the service.

I attempted to get a good picture of Elliott sitting by the tree in his Christmas PJs but this is the best I could do!

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Earlier in the day we dropped off a small gift to our neighbors, Rich & Terri, and they invited us to have dinner with them after the service.  We just happened to be available, so we happily said “yes”.  Elliott absolutely LOVES Rich and Terri!  They love to play with him and give him all the attention in the world.  Terri made tamales, rice, beans, and salad…a tasty Texas tradition!  I kept thinking that we would have to put Elliott to bed and come back over with the monitor in hand, but he was all smiles and lasted until 9pm! We thoroughly enjoyed visiting with them, and their son, John.  I love that the plans were made spontaneously, and we will always remember the sweet time we shared with them.  I just wish that I had taken the time to snap a few pictures while we were there!

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Staying up late on Christmas Eve!

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Christmas Morning

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We are still trying to establish Christmas traditions for our family, but we have decided that we will try to spend Christmas mornings at home.  This year we slept in as late as Elliott let us.  I made a yummy breakfast casserole and brewed some fresh coffee.  With breakfast in our bellies, we headed into the living room to dig into our stockings.  It was so cute to watch Elliott reaching into his!  You could tell that he was feeling the objects stuffed inside and imagining what they might be.

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Things have changed a lot since last year!

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Last year, Elliott didn’t have a clue what was going on, but this year he  got into ripping the wrapping paper off of packages!

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David and I only bought Elliott a few gifts this year.  We figured that 1) He didn’t need a lot 2)  We didn’t need to spend a lot 3) His Grandma was going to buy him a ton! and 4)  He wouldn’t care if we bought him 1 gift or 100 gifts.

He absolutely loves this shopping cart complete with “real food” and a place to put a friend in the front seat!

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Here he is “helping” daddy put it together.

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He loves to take the food out and put it back into the basket.

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I must have been out of my mind when I decided that it was a good idea to buy the extra set of fake food!  Luckily, the pieces have stayed somewhat contained in the kitchen…for now anyway!

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Christmas Afternoon

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We got to my mom’s house in time for a delicious Christmas turkey dinner.  Elliott’s favorite part was the corn casserole and the cranberry sauce!

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After lunch we enjoyed a mini piano recital.  In fact, it was hard to tear our little pianist away from his new found passion.  He cried when we “made” him stop to open gifts!  Crazy kid!

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It wasn’t long before this little boy was all smiles again!

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Elliott received this very cool train set that we are saving for a time when his daddy can set it up with him.  Every day he looks at the boxes and says “dada” because he knows that “dada” is going to help him with it.

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David and I received an incredibly generous gift from my mom and Dave, but it deserves a post all to itself…

…here’s a hint…

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…and it’s not a piano!

We left just before Elliott’s bedtime, and as expected, he fell asleep in the car.  He was beat!  We thought this picture of him asleep in his reindeer PJs with presents piled up around him was too cute not to post!

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Christmas in Salado

The past several years David and I have hosted the Welch family dinner and gift exchange, but this year it was a nice change to spice things up a bit and enjoy the weekend relaxing at a hotel and visiting with family.  I absolutely adore the Welches and I treasure every moment that I get to spend with them.

We’ve been around the block a few times…enough to know that we definitely did not want to make the 2 hour drive to Salado with a fussy baby.  Our strategy:  leave right in time for nap time.  The result:  a quiet, asleep baby, and 2 incredibly happy parents.

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We checked into our hotel room and discovered that there was a playground literally steps away from our back door!  Cool!

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We enjoyed a lovely dinner out with the entire family that night.  Afterward, we invited everyone to visit with us in our suite.  Pop brought and read aloud stories written about David’s dad, Don.  We laughed so hard we cried.  It was a sweet time spent with sweet people.

We spent the rest of the weekend relaxing, enjoying the outdoors, and exploring the town.  Oh, and of course we enjoyed lots of good food!

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Some of the Welches competed in a ping pong tournament…is it still considered a tournament if no one keeps score??

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The Welch family Christmas wouldn’t be complete without our annual gift exchange.  I grew up in such a small family that we never had to draw names in order to escape buying everyone a gift.  I always thought it sounded like so much fun, and I am so excited that  I get to be a part of such a fun tradition now!  This year I drew David’s cousin, Robbie’s, name.  He is such a neat guy…a lover of music.  So, I purchased an Itunes gift card for him and burned him a copy of our Landon Pigg album. I carefully wrapped his gift and carefully packed it in the car.

It’s a pity it never made it past the front door of our hotel suite.

David dropped it in the doorway just as a wind gust caught the door and….SLAM!  We saw the whole thing happening in slow motion.  I was crushed…but not as crushed as Robbie’s poor pitiful gift.

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I managed to salvage enough of the paper and ribbon to make the gift presentable for Robbie, but it’s sad appearance didn’t go unnoticed at the gift exchange.  It sure did make for a funny story, though!

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Christmas with Papaw & Babushka

We celebrated Christmas with my dad and his wife, Alyona, a few days after Christmas.  They were living in Russia last year during the holidays so it was a nice treat to have them around this year.  We enjoyed an authentic Mexican chicken dinner from a great neighborhood restaurant.  Alyona even had seconds!  They thoroughly spoiled Elliott by giving him lots and lots of gifts…

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…and, he got better and better at ripping wrapping paper off of the packages!

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He also got really good at saying “Papaw” and “baba” (Babushka).  It was so cute, and it made their night!

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And, finally this song is done.  I guess that just about covers everything…except for the partridge in a pear tree, of course.



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Responses

  1. Looks like you guys had a busy, but great Christman!! Elliot looks so cute in all the pictures.

  2. Looks like you guys had a great time doing everything. Elliott is growing into such the “little man”.

    PS. I had the whole debate over the blog and ended up doing a bunch of posts. LOL.

  3. It sounds as eventful as ours but lots of fun. Glad y’all had a merry Christmas!


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