After spending the past two Christmases in Ohio with my family, we ventured up to Northern California this year to spend Christmas with Dan’s mom, dad, and brother. It was certainly much warmer in California than it was in Ohio!
Most of the five days that we spent on “Christmas break” were spent doing a whole lot of nothing. I did a little baking and grading one afternoon and Dan helped his dad build and install a new stairway railing in the neighbor’s house, but other than that, we relaxed, played games, napped, and watched movies.
On Sunday night, we got out of the house, boarded the Niles Canyon Railway Train of Lights, and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening riding the old train in the canyon. We even got our baby’s first picture with Santa:-)
After visiting with more friends, the Krimetzes and Turners, on Tuesday afternoon, we took part in Dan’s family’s annual Christmas Eve traditions. First, we, along with the other neighbors in the cul-de-sac, set out luminaries, and then we ate a delicious spaghetti dinner cooked by Dan’s mom. Dan, his mom, and I attended Christmas mass at 10pm (we couldn’t stay up until midnight this year!) before retiring to bed and waiting for Santa.
Christmas day brought the opening of presents, more relaxation, and a yummy turkey dinner. Dan’s mom knitted a beautiful and very meaningful blanket for Dan to snuggle with our daughter in when she is born next year. You can read all about the blanket on her blog here.
We had a lovely California Christmas and are so thankful that we were able to spend it with family. We can hardly believe that next Christmas, we will have a 9-month old daughter! We plan to celebrate Christmas next year in Ohio so that our daughter can meet all of my extended family.