When the kids were little, they slept under Oma and Opa’s kitchen table on Christmas Eve. Once they watched the Nutcracker, they tried to catch Santa, and often woke up early because some adult needed to get into the kitchen.

Of course they all outgrew that, but we decided to pretend one year. There is no way the kids could all sleep under the table anymore.

After celebrating at Oma’s and Opa’s, we enjoyed Christmas at our house.

The Grinch has almost always been a favorite character of Mark’s. This year, Mark and Adrian got to meet him.


The neighbors gave the kids matching sweatshirts for Christmas. The kids had been working on their alpaca farm since Mark was 12. A few of the sweatshirts are still worn.
Adrian reading the Christmas story.
Andrea and Mark loved to see who could keep their face in the snow the longest.