Bear with me! I am still playing catch up!
Along with the general craziness/busyness that comes with Christmas, we were also in the middle of construction on our addition. So I didn’t take any pictures, except for a some candids with my phone. There are lots of things I love about the Christmas season, and one of those is all the baking and preparing food. The most important thing is getting Oma’s sweet rolls made for Christmas morning!
If you look between mine and my moms shoulders, you can see the wood studs from the framing that was going on for our addition and the old green tablecloth that we hung as a “privacy barrier”
I love carrying on these special traditions!
After we got the sweet rolls checked off the list, it was time to move onto cookies! I often wish these photos had ongoing audio to hear what the boys are saying. This year my favorites were, “Why are you so bossy!” and “Hey! This looks like dog poop!” (I wish I had the eye roll emoji for this. Boys…)
This one took the decorating very seriously this year. He sat at the counter all day long working on cookies.
Success! I’ll let you guess who decorated which cookie 🙂
And it also wouldn’t be Christmas without Christmas Pageants and visits to Santa. Jacob’s school put on wonderful show and his class played the part of the Innkeepers.
And if you remember last year when we had out impromptu visit with Santa at the mall, Dylan was not a fan…This year I took them back to see what Dylan’s reaction would be.
There were no tears, just a bit of hesitancy and he wouldn’t take his eyes off of him as if he was trying to figure him out.
Of course Jacob was thrilled to see him and kept chatting away. This was really a great Santa and he gave the boys big hugs when we were leaving.
Our final Santa encounter was when we went to the December nights at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.
Jacob (my little smart cookie) is starting to ask why Santa is in so many different places and why he looks different from the other Santa we saw…so we’ve been giving him the explanation that Santa can’t be everywhere at once, so he has his helpers, etc… I have a feeling he is going to figure this all out soon. But when he does, that is OK, we will continue to focus on the true spirit of Christmas.