No snow, just sushi…Christmas in Japan

As Katie and I made our way through the Toys R Us parking lot on Christmas Eve to spend some money sent by sweet Grandparents, we felt a couple of icy drops of rain, causing us to think that a major snow storm was imminent.  Unfortunately, by the time we had finished shopping the rain was gone and snow was no where in sight.  No white Christmas again this year.  Oh well, that’s okay because we had the next best thing…sushi for dinner!!! :-)  When I asked the kids what they wanted to eat for our family Christmas celebrations on Christmas Eve, they unanimously voted for waffles for breakfast and sushi for dinner.  So, that was our rather unconventional menu.🙂

This year our Christmas celebrations included Christmas parties at our kids’ school and at our church, reading the Christmas story together, making Christmas cookies, counting down the days to Christmas with an advent calendar,  lighting advent candles and talking about their meaning, Skyping and calling family, and using the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas gift catalog to choose ways our family could give to people in need.

And, of course, there were presents for the kids.  Katie’s favorite Christmas gift was a toy cash register, which she had been wanting for awhile.  She has a spot in her bedroom that she calls her “office” and she wanted a cash register to use for her “work”. :-)  The boys received money from several sources this year and pooled them together to purchase some amazing midieval castle legos.   Studying about midieval times during homeschooling this year has especially made the kids interested in this time period and in anything related to it.   Austin and Ethan had been eyeing these Lego sets for awhile, but never thought they could afford them.  So, when they were finally able to put all their allowance and gift money together and buy them they were VERY excited.  It took them several hours to complete the two sets, but putting them together is a big part of the fun for them. :-)  I’m always amazed at how well they are able to follow the building instructions on their own and create amazing structures.  Bryan particularly enjoyed watching the kids play with their sets, since his favorite Christmas gift as a child was always Lego too.🙂

Here are some photos from the our family’s Christmas activities this year.  Enjoy!

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