Saturday, December 18, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Yesterday we mailed over a hundred Christmas cards to our friends and family. On them were the words, "We have to say, we are excited for Christmas this year." If you are one of our friends who are wondering what we are looking forward to this season, let me tell you a little about our holiday plans!
Dorie and James are going to take their first plane ride on December 25. My parents bought tickets for us to spend Christmas in Delaware! We will also be traveling to New York for the annual New Years celebration with the Masts.
For those of you who are going to be in Delaware on:
Sunday, January 2, 2011We would like to invite you to join us for Greenwood Mennonite Church's Sunday evening service. Ethan will be giving a Monolingual Demonstration, which is supposed to show how languages can be learned and analyzed without English. It's supposed to be a lot of fun to watch!

I'd like to end with a few pictures that show some more reasons for our excitement about this year's Christmas.
As much as I love receiving gifts, seeing Dorie and James' excitement over our gifts to them is way more fun! This picture is from December 6, St. Nikolaustag. Dorie was on a sugar high all day; she asked for her "candy shoes" for a week afterward. The kids will open their gifts on the morning of Christmas evening; I can't wait for Dorie to open her 'Beginners Bible' and for James to start chewing on his new plastic food. I want to use this time of gift giving to show gratitude for God's extravagant gift to us--a relationship with him through his son, Jesus.
Here we are celebrating one of my favorite traditions, our Sunday evening Advent service. We light the candles, read some scripture, and sing carols together. Our candle stand isn't quite orthodox (its a cardboard box with holes poked in a circle) but it works!

1 comment:

  1. Queena and Ethan, Your post made me so anxious to see you all. You look happy and handsome, and healthy and huggable. Hope you have a good week until you travel. We love you so much! DAD