Family Times at Christmas

I want to give you a peek into the joyful get-togethers we had around Christmas. We have so much to be thankful for!

Traditionally, our extended family comes over for Christmas Eve. It’s an all-day event, with a special breakfast, gift opening after that, a snack lunch, naps for those who want, games, then our big dinner, followed by the Christmas program.

Then, on Christmas Day, we Maxwell kids do a 12 Days of Christmas workout, the guys make breakfast, we go to a retirement home and sing carols, and then we exchange gifts in the immediate family, followed by another dinner for whomever wants to come.

Love,
Sarah

Jesse and Calia
Jesse and Calia
This was Drew's first time to hold Calia, and now, he's very anxious for more turns. It's adorable.
This was Drew’s first time to hold Calia, and now, he’s very anxious for more turns. It’s adorable.
Tina gave Dad and Mom a big spatula.
Tina gave Dad and Mom a big spatula.
Bethany made a sachet.
Bethany made a sachet.

I think it’s so sweet how the little girls made some gifts. Very meaningful!

Abby made little purses for the aunts.
Abby made little purses for the aunts.
Betsy made a birdhouse with her daddy's help.
Betsy made a birdhouse with her daddy’s help.

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Drew helped himself to someone else's present: so cute!
Drew helped himself to someone else’s present: so cute!
Joseph had an amazing idea. Joshua loves all brands of equipment, including Stihl. He can spell it for you too! Joseph made him a shirt, and Stihl sent Joshua a gift of the hat, sunglasses, and sticker!
Joseph had an amazing idea. Joshua loves all brands of equipment, including Stihl. He can spell it for you too! Joseph made him a shirt, and Stihl sent Joshua a gift of the hat, sunglasses, and sticker!

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Elissa made Mom baskets.
Elissa made Mom baskets.
Drew and Anna
Drew and Anna
Elissa and Joseph
Elissa and Joseph

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Dad and Mom with their 2 grandsons.
Dad and Mom with their 2 grandsons.

Then, our Christmas program that evening.

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Lydia
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Elissa, Bethany, Abby

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The workout crew (plus me, but I'm taking the photo)
The workout crew (plus me, but I’m taking the photo)

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Dad, Jesse, John made us breakfast

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“… but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15

8 thoughts on “Family Times at Christmas”

  1. Oh! And I forgot to comment on Elissa’s baskets – they are sooo beautiful!!!! Awesome job, Elissa! 🙂

  2. Wow. I love Elissa’s baskets. They look amazing! Love the idea of handmade gifts. Maybe next year, the aunties can make paper snowflakes with the little ones. They make great decorations and can go on the windows or can be hung up. Or the aunties and little ones can make gingerbread ornaments. They make the house smell so good. Or start a new tradition of making a new ornament every year. My friend does this and gives them out as gifts. I love handmade ornaments. I am so out of the loop, I have never heard of Stihl. It looks like you guys had a wonderful Christmas.

  3. Such precious photos of a precious family. Seeing these made me smile – – thank you for sharing! 🙂
    Love, Mrs. Patti

  4. Great pictures of a lovely blog post !!!!
    Oh, my family also loves coffee, it’s flavor is delicious. Great choice ;).
    May the Lord bless you in this Year and fills you with His joy.

    Greetings all the way from Ecuador,
    Elissa T.

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