We had the best Christmas ever this year! The kids started asking about Christmas just after Thanksgiving. We started our celebration off by decorating the Christmas tree and the house for Christmas. The kids were wonderful helpers and enjoyed every minute of it! Daddy helped with as much as he could before he was off to work on Tibador’s Station. The kids and I had fun getting everything ready before Daddy came home that day and surprising him!
We put up our wonderful 7 foot tree and decorated it with the ornaments that we collected over the years. We had some beautiful new ornaments to add from our time in Hungary and from our first family vacation in Georgia. Then we put up small trees in each of the kids rooms.
Tibi chose blue and green and gold to decorate his tree. Dorina chose pink and purple and silver. Before we left for Hungary, we had cleaned out a storage unit of Daddy’s old things and had found some wonderful ornaments and tree skirts to put on the kids trees. We listened to Christmas music and decorated! Then we got pizza and watched a Christmas movie! I had so much fun watching my favorite Christmas movies with the kids! Daddy joined us for as many as he could. The Santa Clause 1,2,3 and Santa Clause is Coming to Town were the kids favorites!
We read Christmas stories and of course spent most of the time talking about Baby Jesus and his mother Mary and his adopted father Joseph. The kids love that story. On December 6th, we celebrated the Hungarian Mikulas Day – it is the Hungarian version of St Nickolas or Santa Clause. The children put their boots by the window and the boots are filled with candy. We didn’t put boots out by the window, but Mikulas found the kids and left them a little bag of treats and a note. The kids were so excited and still talk about their Mikulas gift.
We have tried to incorporate all of our heritages into our family. Tony is Italian, Cary is German, and the kids are Hungarian. We made waffles and white sauce over the holidays – a German breakfast treat. We also made peppernuts or Pfeffernusse, a German Christmas cookie. We made American Christmas sugar cookies too. Then for New Years, we made Hungarian Honey Cookies! The kids had so much fun baking and working with Mommy in the kitchen. Daddy was at Tibador’s during most of the baking – but he was home to enjoy eating the treats with us 🙂
We had so much fun shopping for the kids for Christmas. We kept it simple but wonderful! The kids each made a list of three things that they wanted for Christmas and we chose one of those items to give them as their big gift. We also picked up some wonderful small things and some things to fill their stockings.
Dorina got a beautiful pink star necklace and Tibi got a Tow Mater remote control truck. They also got books and their very own readable Bibles! They loved every minute of it and so did we!