We decided to have "A Kicklighter Christmas" (must be said loudly with an almost Count-ish tone) before leaving for Birmingham. This would mean special family time to discuss the reason for the season, calm gift opening, and less to take on the trip! I am thankful we did it this way.
We started the day with a "special breakfast". I'll admit I am a cereal girl. My kids get quick and easy breakfasts around here. But for The Kicklighter Christmas we did cinnamon rolls, eggs, and sausage. Wow.
After breakfast we headed up to the bed to sit together and read the story of Christ's birth. It was hilarious - raucous even. The best part was singing Away in a Manger with three children's voices chiming in and then having Bubba sing "Happy Birthday, Jesus" for us. THAT was worshipful.
It was a great day and my love for my kids grew (if that's even possible). Hearing their sweet "thank you"s and exclamations over each other's gifts warmed my heart. Little opened a tutu that KB had picked out for her at the Dollar Tree and as she pulled it out and said, "OOOOOOOh. It's wonderful. It's beautiful. What in the world is it??" KB said, "I pick it self." And without hesitation our Little said, "Oh, thank you, KB. What is it?"
Of course this was only a portion of our celebration. We kept going until Dec. 27. I'll tell more later.