My Aunt Jane is appalled (as are my in-laws, I’m sure) that we don’t put up a Christmas tree. Or decorate our house for Christmas in any other way. But…we have never spent Christmas in our own house. That will change, starting next year, but this year, since we again had holiday travel plans, we skipped putting up a tree and instead flew to Ohio and stayed with my Mom, who put up a small, beautiful tree. So, Vivian did get to play underneath a Christmas tree and boy-oh-boy did she get to enjoy unwrapping the gifts below it.
Vivian spent her first Christmas in Ohio visiting with family and friends. She did great on the plane flights (her 4th set of flights in 8 months and her 2nd cross country!). Since we arrived in Ohio a few days before Christmas, we were able to visit with a few friends in the days leading up to the holiday. Dan and I even slipped out one evening without her to visit a friend at a local winery.
On Christmas Eve, per tradition, Mom made chicken noodle soup for dinner and we all (Mom, Dad, Matt, Anna, Tim, Uncle Lee, and us!) ate and then opened gifts. Dan and I met Dad, Matt, Anna, Tim, Aunt Jane, Uncle Kevin, Uncle Jim, Uncle Gerry, and Grandma at church for the Christmas Eve candlelight service, while Mom stayed home and watched Vivian.
We spent Christmas day at Uncle Gerry’s with my entire Damschroder family, which is always a lot of fun.
The day after Christmas, Dad, Anna, Tim, Dan, Vivian, and I drove up to our cabin in New York. I grew up vacationing at this cabin and it was really special to take Vivian up there. Unfortunately, there was no snow there this year, but we did go over to the local ski resort, Peek n’ Peak, so that we could at least show Vivian [fake] snow. While there, we found a sled sitting by the lodge door, so Tim grabbed it and Dan gave Vivian her first ride in a sled – it was too cute!
While at the cabin, we, of course, visited with our Amish neighbors, ate dinner at the French Creek Tavern, and ate breakfast at Dutch Village Restaurant in Clymer.
When we got back to Ohio after our New York visit, we wrapped up our family visits and then flew back to California.
We had a wonderful Christmas and Vivian loved spending time with all of my family. I am a little sad to be back home and not have my Mom’s amazing help anymore, but I am also excited for everything that California has in store for us in 2015!