Our holiday season was filled with making memories together, baking and eating a LOT of cookies, enjoying the season of giving, reading Christmas and winter books, decorating, and attending various holiday performances.
This December felt very special, filled with traditions and also mixing in some new holiday activities. Hannah performed in The Nutcracker ballet this year, which was an absolute highlight for us all.
One of the most heartwarming elements of this holiday season was watching both of my kids get into the spirit of giving. They both selected a Christmas gift for their sibling and parents, along with a local child in need. Ben took it a step farther and chose *and wrapped* gifts for his teacher, parents and grandparents.
Baking cookies is always one of my favorite holiday traditions. This year was no exception. We baked dozens and dozens of cookies – we ate a lot of them and also made some to share with friends, family and neighbors.
This year for Christmas my mom and Alex’s parents came to celebrate and stay with us. We went on a sleigh ride, baked more cookies, went sledding, cross country skied, downhill skied, worked through several jigsaw puzzles, and had a lovely fire down by the lake.
Ben and Hannah are at incredibly magical ages to enjoy the Christmas season. It felt extra special this year to watch their joy as the big day approached. Ben, unsurprisingly, hardly slept a wink the night before Christmas, and was up for the day well before 5 a.m.
It all was so special. We are so very grateful to have this time together as a family.