Merry Christmas!  Our day has been spent moving from family tradition to tradition.  Some were taken from my childhood Christmases and some from Jeremy’s.  They’ve blended together into our perfect Herr Family Christmas Day and thus far, it’s been a great success.

Our first tradition, was Mom and Dad sleeping in.  It’s the best one that we’ve made up, that our kids have somehow just gone along with, bless their little hearts.  When we finally got going, we enjoyed opening up our stocking presents.

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That was followed by our traditional Swedish Pancake breakfast.  My Grandma used to make them every Christmas morning for our family and I’ve continued the tradition with mine.  We also had a berry compote, fresh whipped cream and bacon which was weirdly expensive ($5.99 for the pound… is that normal now?) but very delicious.

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After breakfast and clean up, we read the Christmas story and our Christmas Advent.  It was a nice way to get the morning going and great to focus on the wonder and beauty of celebrating the birth of Christ.

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And then came the presents.  We accomplished a new goal this year, and that was to encourage our children to think of others above themselves this Christmas.  One way we did this was to divide their Christmas money in half…  with half being spent on gifts for them, and half being given to them so they could spend it on gifts for others.  I’m proud to share that it worked out well.  Our kids absolutely delighted in buying presents for friends and family friends and for our own family members.

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I love getting gifts from our kids.

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I especially love gifts that proudly declare one of the most important things about myself, and that is being a mom.  Ellee cleaned up at her school’s Holiday Fair this year and brought gifts for me that I will cherish for years to come.

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And our kids did pretty well themselves.  Even though we tried to be conscious about not getting too many toys, they still ended up with quite a few.  Christian’s favorites were some really nice games, a calligraphy pen set, some books (the kid loves to read) and a gold panning set.  Ellee’s were lots of clothes, craft sets, an air-brusher, Roominate (an engineering set) and a gigantic Polly Pocket Wall World.

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My favorite gift?  The kids got me some great gifts, and Jeremy also did a stellar job with a new coat, diamond earrings and a Costco Cash card.  But my favorite gift by far, was the voucher where Jeremy told me that he would finally come to my gym for a class.  It’s something that I’ve wanted him to do for two and a half years.  I’m probably just weird, but I’ve always wanted him to come to a gym class with me.  Needless to say, I was thrilled with this gift.

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All that being said, our afternoon has been spent resting, relaxing and enjoying our kids enjoying their gifts.  Christian spent a good hour panning for gold with his Gold Rush mini panning set.  I opted to get the smaller panning set and an additional 2 lb bag of pay dirt as opposed to the larger pan with less pay dirt.  He’s found a few flakes of gold for his effort and it’s been a great gift for him.

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And in a moment of the joy of a good deal overshadowing my better judgement, I purchased this Polly Pocket Wall Set for Ellee.  Thankfully, she’s loved it and has been playing with it ever since we set it up.  Sure, the novelty will wear off at some point, and all of Polly’s tiny play parts will inevitably scatter throughout our home, but for now, it was a great Christmas gift and I’m loving watching our daughter just play.

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As for the rest of our day, we will rest some more.  Eat good steak.  Maybe catch a Christmas movie.  But most importantly, we will be all together, celebrating this day of Jesus’ birth with our sweet little family.  A joyful and Merry Christmas to you all!

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Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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