first Christmas

ya’ll this year was our first Christmas with magnolia. and what a sweet time it was. she loved the twinkle of the lights on the tree. she loved when we sang Christmas songs to her, yes even when abbey + rachel sang them. she chatted the entire time she watched me wrap gifts. she loved eating the tissue paper from her gifts. she loved getting to watch the family stone…wait, that was me. she loved the candlelight service at church (read she loved the candle and the music). she loved all the new people she met who made funny faces at her so she would smile at them. literally such a great season.


(just scroll past the dim string of lights, i have no idea what happened).

we picked three gifts for magnolia this year. we plan to continue this way of gifting throughout her life. this year she doesn’t actually want or need anything besides milk + sleep + cuddle tummy time, so we picked three softies.  sure we could’ve just skipped gifts this year, but then i wouldn’t have been able to cherish this memory of her in a gift box with her new babies + this was richard’s favorite thing from the day, so priorities guys.


her gifts were

colette the cat | picchu the alpaca  | pheobe the fawn

she has quite a few items from both bla bla kids + hazel village, so i knew even at four months she’d snuggle with them.
we also gifted our three nieces with hazel village animals. i just adore them, the quality is phenomenal, and i thought they’d be great when all the girls are old enough to play with them together. we picked catalina mouse for teagan, zoe rabbit for collins, + juliette rabbit for madeline – y’all i can’t wait to see them play together.

later in the day we headed to church for the candlelight service in her pretty plaid dress. can i just tell you all that i think Christmas on a Sunday is AMAZING!! she, as usual, only made it through worship (she obviously thinks bro rob + the choir are magical). we ran out to hallwalk for a bit before heading back in just in time for the actual candlelight part of the service.  i was a little bummed to miss the Christmas message, but can’t wait for richard and i to teach it to magnolia.

we finished out the day baking + hanging out with my extended family for a bit. she’s obviously very helpful with all of her yelling. but our gingersnap cookies were so tasty. head here for the recipe.

we had such a lovely day with our gal, but clearly decided all Christmas photos should be in black + white…oh well. i’d love to hear some feedback from those of you who celebrate this way on what works, if your older kids felt neglected because their friends got 731 presents (i was this kid), ways you started teaching this rather than the big man up north. if you don’t celebrate this way, that’s cool, we’ve just decided on a different route for our family.

but no matter how you celebrate, we hope you know the real gift. but if not shoot me an email, i’d love to chat about Jesus – “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah‬ ‭9:6‬

i hope you each have had a wonderful holiday season!!

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