It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas . . .

The kids are asleep, the presents are wrapped, just one or two more things to do before I’m ready for bed too . . . and it definitely looks like Christmas at our house.

It’s been a wonderful week!  The kids were out of school last Friday, and Kazue (our former homestay student who is here from Japan to visit us this Christmas) arrived later that evening . . . well, early the next morning after flight delays . . . we’ve been treating her to a few traditional Canadian Christmas traditions – and a few not so traditional ones.

We started off by getting her acclimatized right away as she and I cheered on Team Wiens on another X-country race Saturday afternoon.  Here’s the start of the race . . . it quickly turned to single track after this:

Saturday evening, Kevin & I had our eMi Christmas Dinner, so the girls got Kazue all to themselves for a while.

Sunday morning we went to church, and then in the evening we had our Church Christmas Dinner and Children’s Program.  The kids performed “Aaron, the Allergic Shepherd” and Talia made a very cute angel 🙂

We also lit our advent candles at home Sunday evening and enjoyed listening to Kaisa and Talia read about the shepherds and the wisemen . . .

On Monday was Sugar Cookie Baking Day.  Yes, that’s a full day process at our house.  We made the dough in the morning, and then neighbours joined us in the afternoon to help cut out, bake and decorate all the cookies.

After all that, we needed to get out, so after supper we went for a walk in the snow, initiating Kazue in the fine art of making snow angels and throwing chunks of ice off the bridge into the river below.

Tuesday was shopping day – the girls had a couple last gifts that they wanted to find, and Kazue needed some souvenirs to take home, so we somewhat successfully braved the malls.

Wednesday, the sunshine was beckoning, so after a bit more baking, we tracked down a pair of ice skates for Kazue and headed out to the lagoon, Thursday we spent the afternoon on the toboggan hill, and today we were back ice skating again . . .

Tonight, we enjoyed the Candlelight Christmas Eve service at our church, drove around a bit to look at Christmas lights, lit the Christ Candle on our advent wreath and let the kids open their Pajamas from Grandma . . . then we chased the kids to bed, and I did a bit of prep for tomorrow – the last minute wrapping and a bit of the food prep so that I can relax more tomorrow afternoon.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas . . . praying that your day is blessed with the knowledge of his grace – and lots of fun!


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