Christmas odds and ends.

I need to fill in the spaces of Christmas with some pictures the week of Christmas. We finally paid Santa an official visit a few days before Christmas. Lydia was pretty anxious on telling the big guy what she wanted, the reason being she was so nervous she didn’t have anything specific to ask for. She thought she needed a long list to rattle off to Santa. I explained that Santa knows what she would enjoy and he will bring her presents she will like. She felt much better about the situation once an explanation was given. :)
Hazel surprised me and didn’t cry, but didn’t smile either while visiting Santa. She kind of pointed towards her cousins off to the side, looked at the camera, and that was that. Β But hey! Β I will take it!

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I just love this random picture of the girls on Christmas Eve! The way Hazel is holding that Anna doll melts my heart. I was video recording mostly on Christmas Eve and Christmas, but I had to stop and snap the cute interaction between these two sisters on Christmas Eve. Β Those dolls were the girls’ presents to each other. Β  photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_5_zps9bf9d959.jpg
Every year on Christmas, all the family on my side gathers to my Mom’s house in the early afternoon and stay until we are stuffed on too many treats and tired. And of course we gather to each have a family picture on Mom’s front steps and then a group picture all together in front of the fireplace. Traditions! Got to have traditions! I kind of love picture traditions to see how each family changes and/or grows each year.  photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_6_zps84d4f6bc.jpg photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_8_zps40003776.jpg photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_10_zps81f462e1.jpg photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_13_zps24c5660d.jpg photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_14_zpsfd0df330.jpg photo Dec252014_KaraSimmons_15_zps6ebf9e0b.jpg
Every year I am reminded how blessed we are. So much good around us. I especially love having that focus of celebrating the birth and life of Christ throughout the month. And knowing that everything good around us is because of Him. Christmas always goes much too fast, I already miss it.