Christmas Day Recap

I know, I know. You probably want some wedding pictures, but I don’t have our iPhone captures ready yet. Watch for them Monday! In the meantime, I’ll share with you our Christmas Day. The extended family came over on Saturday, the 23rd, but on Christmas Day proper, our immediate family celebrated. The last time with John single.

To begin with, we did our traditional 12 days of Christmas WOD. Jesse planned the workout, and it was great! We missed Mary, who had just started a cold, so she opted that it was better to pass.

Another tradition is the guys make breakfast. While they cooked, we girls enjoyed a game and coffee. The guys did an excellent job of sausage gravy, biscuits, and scrambled eggs. We enjoyed lingering over breakfast and just talking.

Then, on to gifts. Since we don’t have any little kids in the home, we took our time. I love to see the thoughtfulness and planning that goes into each gift.

I’m grateful for the Lord’s blessing of family!


I know who this picture was for!

This is the new place Arnold likes to be.

John and Anna often disguised their gifts to each other, and John carried on the tradition again.

Anna received a new exercise mat, and John began a sit up contest with her. He won.

A little bluetooth speaker, perfect for listening to the Bible and music!

Matching down vests for Mom and Dad!

Mary and Jesse made this for Dad. Hours and hours of love went into this beautiful piece.

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim Elliot

Jesse received a Henry Morris study Bible.

John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary gifted Mom with the decorations on the end table (lamp and the other items). It’s wonderful!

Hmmm. Nothing like giving Dad shoes//and lots of them! You know how shopping is: you can order multiple styles and sizes to find one that works.

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written
for our learning, that we through patience and comfort
of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)

35 thoughts on “Christmas Day Recap”

    1. Yes! Just Gorgeous! What an abundance of hard work; Wonderful job Jesse & Mary! Your fridge overflowing with pictures resemble ours – how delightful!
      “Lead me, O LORD, in the way of Thy righteousness…make Thy way straight before my face.” – Psalm 5.
      Thanks for sharing! It is such an encouragement to my heart to see pictures of you, a Godly family living their lives for Christ and spreading Jesus’ love to others through their smiles.

    1. It was a process! Basically, they started with a piece of wood from an old barn they ordered. Then, they sanded it down some, and stained it. Mary traced the letters onto the board before actually painting it on (I guess she painted it ?:)). A lot of steps involved, those were just the ones I am listing. I wasn’t involved in it! πŸ™‚

  1. Enjoying your family pictures! Truly blessed by God. May you have a blessed New Year!

  2. Wow that sign is incredible! What a special Christmas Day. I love it. Thank you for sharing!!

  3. Looks like a relaxing day! Sarah, I love the skirt you’re wearing in the picture with the Bluetooth speaker. Would you mind sharing where you got it?

    1. The skirt is from JJill. It was purchased a number of years ago, so unless you look on eBay, that style wouldn’t be sold (at least I doubt). It’s cute and comfortable to wear!

  4. All those Shoeboxes r hallelujah’s they look like they’re going to fall lol hope you had a great Christmas

  5. So great to see your Christmas Day! And, what fun to start out with a WOD like that! ha! Great idea!

    I love the sign! Wow. They are so talented to do that! They should open an Etsy shop so others can buy from them! πŸ˜‰

    1. We love to do a workout on Christmas Day all together. Really neat! The sign is amazing. I think it took so much time it wouldn’t be worth doing for sale. This was a labor of love! πŸ™‚

  6. Six pair of shoes for Steve? Now that’s funny! Should last him through a few more Christmas’s.
    Yes, the sign is awesome. Were Mary and Jesse able to work on it and keep it a surprise?

    Thank you Sarah for the pics. Fun to look at.


  7. Great photos! My grandfather in law (now passed on) was a trained foot specialist. And he told my husband that it is healthy to wear a different pair of shoes each day amd helps the shoes to last longer. So for years my husbamd rotates thru shoes. He has 3 pairs for work and he wears each pair twice a week. And he has 3 pairs of casual shoes. His last pair of shoes lasted for 10 years!! Unheard of nowadays. When he gets a new pair, he writes what days he wears them just inside the tongue with permanent marker. For example monday/thursday, wednesday/friday etc.

  8. These are great pics! So glad your Christmas was such a good one! The sign is just gorgeous. And your parents look so cute in the matching vests!

  9. Thanks for sharing your Christmas!!! Does it seem strange that the family within the “4 walls” is getting smaller? Love watching our children (14!) take wings and begin families of their own, but feels strange within the “4 walls” as each takes flight! But as my mother use to tell me, “God gave me children to grow and grow them out to begin families of their own.”

    Question….Where do you find your long jean skirts? πŸ™‚

    1. I’m sure it will, but we’ve had guest (s) since the wedding, so after tonight, we’ll start to experience it. But it’s all good. We are blessed to have the Maxwell family expanding!

      That jean skirt was from JJill. I have several I love from Christopher and Banks. Super comfortable.

  10. What a sweet sign Mary and Jesse made. They did a great job! I have a friend who makes signs like that, and we have signs like that in our house.
    Mr. Maxwell and all his shoe boxes – funny. You wouldn’t believe how many to,es my dad has to return his pants to get ones that get his Ok. πŸ˜‰
    Y’all are very disciplined to exercise on Christmas. For me, the whole holiday season is a good excuse to skip! {oops!} πŸ™‚
    I’ll be looking for wedding pics tomorrow, even though I usually read only on Sunday. πŸ™‚

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