Pop and Mimi came for a visit the week before Christmas . . . and they pretty much brought Christmas with them! They gave Mason a new bike and Hannah Kate a Barbie trike. They also gave Hannah Kate a dress up box filled with lots of fun. And there were presents from MeMama, Uncle Rob and Aunt Kristi and Aunt Gail, too.
Mason was a wise man in our church's Christmas program. Actually, he almost ended up as an angel. He's very much into super-heroes these days. When Mrs. Carol was asking the children which nativity character they'd like to be, Mason told her he wanted to be Superman. He wanted to wear his cape. So I had a little chat with him . . . asked him if he saw Superman in his Bible when baby Jesus was born. No, he didn't. So I tried to explain to him that his options were pretty limited and did not include Superman, Spiderman or Batman. So then Mrs. Carol told him he should be an angel . . . since he wanted to fly and all . . . and he could wear angel wings. Now, I completely understand that angels are gender neutral. And the two named angels in the Bible, Michael and Gabriel, have names that are mostly associated with the male gender. HOWEVER. In most nativities, you see sweet little angel girls . . . not angel boys. So in my most convincing tone possible, I told Mason that he should be a wise man . . . I mean, who doesn't want to be a king?!? He reluctantly agreed. So as the evening approached, I began talking to Mason about his role as one of the wise men . . . and that's when he told me he wanted to be a shepherd! I told him he could be a shepherd next year. So then we got him dressed in his wise man outfit, which just so happened to be the one Seth wore when he was a little boy. Let's just say Mason still isn't that impressed with the wise men!
One evening Mason, Hannah Kate and I went Christmas caroling with Abbie's church. We visited many of the shut-ins in our community. I really think that was my favorite time this holiday season.
And then the big day came . . . lots of gifts and food and family. Be sure to click on the "play" button below to see our pictures!