Monday, December 31, 2018

Christmas Eve

This year since all of the married siblings had other plans during Christmas, we had a small family celebration with those of us that are still living at home.  We looked forward to time with all our married families right after Christmas, so we traveled to Iowa to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with our Grandma!!  

  Caroling several nursing homes where we have dear friends,  attending two church services with Grandma, playing games, taking naps, eating food and enjoying time together in her new apartment made the days fly past. On Christmas Eve we enjoyed the time with Grandma, had supper, went to  the children's program/candlelight service, and then had a small gift exchange full of smiles and laughter.

As is tradition in our house, we recited Luke 2, sang a Christmas carol and then the youngest passed out the gifts. 

Guess who was naughty and who was nice this year?! ;)
(Actually, they both were nice!)

I think one of the favorite gifts was a squawking, glow in the dark rubber chicken for Stephen and Nathanael from their sisters for when the house gets too quiet. I think two days later some people were ready to butcher the chicken! But it made it's way safely home and has made for a lot of laughs in the process. 

Isn't it wonderful to be able to set aside time to celebrate LIFE and GIFTS and FAMILY?! 
Both spiritual and physical!
He is the Way, Truth and LIFE. He is the ultimate GIFT, and because of His redeeming work in our lives we are a part of the dearest FAMILY, the body of Christ. What an incredible blessing.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men." 
John 1:1-4


Anonymous said...

How far are you from Branson? Can I ask how you are able to afford to go there so often?

Hannah Wissmann said...

Hi Anonymous! We are about 7 hours from Branson. Yes! You can ask that. There are several reasons why we make it to Branson fairly often. We used to sing there during the Christmas season so we have a lot of friends still in that area and it has almost become a second home to us. We pay for gas for our travels, but we don’t spend a lot of money once we get down there like most people do when on their family vacations. Our parents have gotten us season passss for Silver Dollar City the last couple of years for Christmas, so it doesn’t cost extra whether we go once or 5 times. Also, this last year our Dad invested in one of our friends business so many of our trips have actually been work trips. I never get any pictures of that side of our Branson trips because we are usually too busy working and so that part never makes it to the blog.