We had a blast at our first annual neighbor Christmas party! We were missing two of the husbands, who were sick, but still had fun with our group eating the amazing food that everyone brought, opening white elephant gifts (I'm so sad I didn't get a pic of those! They were hilarious!) and playing some moderately to severely inappropriate games haha. Jack, the girls, and I are so blessed to have moved onto this street where we have made such amazing friends.
I hit 37 weeks pregnant
And the girls spent some time playing in the snow (which is more Berlin's thing than Olivia's), making a gingerbread house almost completely on their own, and warming up by the fire.
Our ward's youth put on a live nativity that was seriously SO great! Each group started in the church parking lot and had hot chocolate, then followed paper bag lantern-lined paths down the street and through the field to visit the different bonfires or stations where the different characters from the nativity spoke to us. It was really an experience trekking through the dark and snow, with snow lightly falling, very pregnant. I couldn't help but think of Mary making her very long journey pregnant. We stopped at warm inn where the rude inn keeper slammed the door and turned us away into the cold. We got directions from different people, heard about the wise men's journey to find Christ, sang with the shepherds out in the field around a fire while their sheep bleated in a pen right next to us, listened to a group of angels singing, lit up high on some steps, and finally found the small stable that housed Mary, Joseph, and the couple's real 2-month-old infant (don't worry, they had a good heater going in the stable). Joseph told us about the stresses and anxieties of being earth father to the savior of the world and the responsibility we all have and then we sang Silent Night. Even Olivia sang out with us, and Berlin asked if she could hold the baby Jesus and kiss him to keep him warm. It was really a special experience and I was so glad to do something like this to help instill in our girls (and ourselves!) what this season is about.