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Our last Christmas in Washington has been full of so much good food, good friends, and some wonderful new family traditions.

We unboxed the tree just after Thanksgiving, and this year, I had a little helper.

We decorated gingerbread people and houses. Abby has a kit of her very own from Grandma.

The kids and I got a chance to visit some friends at mommy’s old workplace, Bethany Christian Services, to deliver a toy to a foster child. Abby loved that we were giving a toy to a baby girl who didn’t have a mommy or daddy in her life.

Abby and mommy got to wrap daddy’s Christmas gifts together (well, one present . . . then Abby found the packing peanuts).

We made sure to engage in a traditional Christmas novalty . . . sticking a bow on the head of a child who knows none the wiser.

And for the second year in a row, we made Christmas pizzas with friends.

I love the idea of having so many traditions for our family Christmas. This was the first year Abby understood that this time of year was extra special. Sadly, I’m exhausted after a busy week (as I’m sure you are too), so stay posted for more pictures from Christmas day. I’m going to bed!!!

Merry Christmas!

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2 responses »

  1. loved every single tradition past and present!
    but one of my favs are the “BOW” thing…on Zack’s head..!

    Both very hilarious and a wee bit on the naughty side!

    Nevertheless, loving the Williams’ traditions!

    xoxoxoxo

  2. Hi Erin,
    We are all about traditions also, so I wanted to share one of our favorites with you, which you may already do. It started with the boys !st Christmas Ornament, which has continued with letting them pick out an ornament every year, which we label with their initial & the year so that when they move out, they willl be taking 18 🙂 ornaments with them. I have to admit that I will miss seeing Elmo, Big Bird, Superman, Spiderman & Batman on my tree, but they will have a headstart on their Christmas decorations! It is fun seeing what they choose each year. This year it was a classic Mustang & the Beatles Yellow Submarine.
    I hope your Christmas was a joyous one.
    Love
    Sheila

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