Christmas… holidays in an RV…

We had a lovely Christmas in our RV – being in 400 sq. ft. together doesn’t dampen the warm Christmas spirit around here.  but being away from our 2 bigs does  :(   the only way our celebration could have been better would have been if Greg and Hannah could have been here with us.  This is how we celebrate Christmas holidays in an RV!

We have kept our ‘new jammies’ tradition on Christmas Eve…  Caleb was pretty proud of himself for putting his jammies on by himself! LOL!

He’s getting so big (and so smart) so fast.   Once he had them on, he paraded back and forth for all the brothers and sisters to admire – he was quite pleased with himself and the rest of us were howling with laughter (I’m afraid that we are creating a monster here!)   Anyone that says that the end kids in middlin’ families (we don’t feel big!) don’t get enough attention, hasn’t really thought through what they are saying!

The girlies are still ‘into’ getting matching pajamas… (I’m going to milk that for as long as I can!)

and we made our new ‘traditional’ Christmas Eve dinner of gumbo, served over rice.   While we had plenty, I didn’t make enough – nearly everyone chose leftover gumbo over the prime rib we had for dinner on Christmas day!   sigh.I should have known that nothing can compete with gumbo around here.

In the house we always gave each child a new book on Christmas Eve –  that has served us well over the years; the kids are allowed to stay up as late as they want on Christmas Eve reading, as long as they stay in bed.  There are no complaints about going to bed, and the kids DO stay up – which means that they also sleep in on Christmas morning.  😀

We have not done books every year in the RV, but we decided that we would this year.  Everyone loved their books – the ‘little’ boys especially – they each got a different 3 volume TinTin book…

which have all been devoured and passed around already.  I love that.  :)

Eli got a new paracord weave book, so he’s been making new styles of bracelets.

I don’t know how late the kids stayed up; since we don’t ‘do’ Santa, we put their stockings out and went to bed…

The next morning it was stockings before a late breakfast…

Caleb with his new shades (which he thinks aren’t nearly as cool as Eli’s)…

I love how Caleb adores his big brothers – if they are sitting on the floor, he will plop down on their lap matter-of-factly and just sit there contentedly…

The mess got much worse! LOL!  We do a few wrapped gifts in stocking, then the kids get one gift from us (and a few from each other).   We have found, over the years, that the less the kids get the more they appreciate their gifts – and the easier it is to remember why we celebrate Christmas in the first place!

Molly fell asleep on Christmas Eve before we opened books, so she didn’t get hers until Christmas day…

 I will be so glad to get our new couch (hopefully this Friday!).

After breakfast, the girls handed out gifts…

we all take turns opening.   Except Caleb.  It was always his turn! LOL!  He is at a marvelously fun age!  He really got into opening presents, and had perfected his own style by the end of the day of slowly ripping off the smallest pieces; it was cute, but it took forever to get through his gifts!  ‘Course, we think that everything that he does is marvelous (well, not EVERYTHING…)!

Beth and Eli’s gifts were the big hits – Bethy got the kids big bags of candy (so they got next to none from us!), and Eli got the little girls dress-up shoes…

We had a great time celebrating at one of our favorite campgrounds here in Texas!  They had a Christmas Day dinner in the activity center, but we didn’t go – things are plenty busy around here with 10 kids home for Christmas without throwing in a potluck (but we did have a great time at their New Years Eve party!).  Missing our biggest kids this holiday season, but so very thankful for our whole family!

Lilla Rose

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