Christmas Day at the Maxwells

First, thank you for your prayers and love for Anna Marie and family. We hope to have another update soon.

We shared about Christmas Eve, and what our full, happy household was up to. Christmas Day is quieter with just the unmarried young adults and Dad and Mom.

After a relaxed morning, we ate breakfast mid-morning. It’s been the tradition for the guys to make it, and Jesse cooked us biscuits with sausage gravy. Dad and Mom ate their oatmeal with fruit.

The next order of business was to bake cookies for our Christmas police force. Throughout the month, Mom made cookie dough and froze the balls so we could pull them out and bake fresh on Christmas Day. Mom and Anna baked, and I wrapped them in individual plastic wrap, while Mary created a beautiful card. Then, we call the non-emergency number, and a police officer shows up to take the basket. It’s really a special way to give them a small “thank you” for their service.

After that, we opened gifts. We all love to find gifts that are practical and useful to the individual.


Arnold chose an unusual spot — between the girls. Normally he likes to stay near Mom.
Mary’s previous winter coat lasted her since she was in her early teens.
Some gifts have to be disguised. Anna and I gave Jesse luggage, as his wheeled luggage gave out on a business trip. But we wrapped a broom.
Since Dad has lost so much weight, he was easy this Christmas: clothes!
A laptop bag for Anna

“For thy mercy is great above the heavens:
and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds” (Psalm 108:4).

6 thoughts on “Christmas Day at the Maxwells”

  1. What kind of cookies are those? I’ve tried many recipes but never any that looked like these. Beautiful

    1. Chocolate crinkle. The particular recipe is one from my mom and that she made during my childhood days and since. They were much bigger than the recipe calls for and than we have made them before. The recipe says to make them teaspoon size. I forgot about that and used our ice cream scoop that we use for cookie dough balls to freeze. We wondered how they would bake up being so big, but they came out delicious and beautiful.

  2. Thank you for sharing your Christmas Day. I see one of the shirts that Teri spoke about in her contentment blog post! We are continuing to pray for Anna Marie.

  3. Thank you for sharing these lovely pictures. It is wonderful to see such warm family moments. I was wondering if you might consider doing a post on home decorating. The Maxwell ladies have some great insights on order and beauty in the Christian home. I would love to get some good ideas!

    1. I will add that suggestion to our blog post idea file. That blog post would be done by Mary, not me, that’s for sure! I am the grateful recipient of her artistic talents.

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