We’re moving to a new house at the beginning of January and we’ve been busy with preparations for that , so our family’s Christmas was low-key this year. We didn’t decorate the house AT ALL and we did our celebrations simply, but we had a fun time together remembering Jesus’ birthday. In addition to the usual opening of gifts from wonderful family members and friends and read the Christmas story together from the Children’s Bible. We also lit candles on a small cake and sang the Happy Birthday Song to Jesus (and ate the cake, of course!). 🙂
We also have a tradition of giving to Samaritan’s Purse at Christmas, so we decided together how to spend our allotted giving money. Samaritan’s Purse has a really cool “catalog” of gifts you can give to people in need (like a goat for a family to provide milk for them, warm blankets, mosquito nets, and other really specific items). So, each year we sit down with the boys and let them choose what to give and then pray together for the people who will receive our gifts. This year one of the things they both wanted to give was a mosquito net since they hate mosquitos and said they would love to have one of those nets themselves! 🙂
A couple of days before Christmas, Bryan took the boys to the BEST Club Christmas party where our friend Yoichi (a graduate from Utsunomiya University who is now working for the Navigators in Tokyo) gave a short Bible-related message to the students as part of the program. Our kids always enjoy rubbing shoulders with the students in BEST Club and of course they love going places with Bryan so they had a great time. This year the party was a dress-up event so Austin and Ethan got to wear suits that Grandma Judy had given them awhile back. When they were younger, they hated dressing up and wearing ties, but this year they were very excited about it and wanted to choose for themselves which tie to wear. They ended up looking very dapper! 🙂
Since much of our family Christmas celebrations were carried out while we were wearing pajamas, we don’t have any photos to share, but here are several pictures from the the BEST Club Christmas party. I hope you enjoy them!