We had a wonderful Christmas this year. Sadly, we didn't get any snow, but we had lots of sunshine which is great especially this time of year in Germany.
First I'd like to say that Christmas seems to be a lot more fun once you have a child. My son had a great time opening his first Christmas presents and playing with his new toys. He got visits from Santa Claus, the Christ Child, and the Christmas Man. The Christ Child and Christmas Man visit children in Germany. To make this Christmas better it would have been nice to have grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins around. Hopefully we will be able to celebrate Christmas with extended family sometime in the near future.
I think it's funny how sometimes the simplest (and often cheapest) gifts make a child so happy. My son's favorite new toys seems to be his Rock-A-Stack toy and a soft multi-texture rattle that he likes chewing on and shaking. His favorite "bigger" toy is Scout, a talking dog that says his name and sings songs about him using his name and different things he does. He laughs, smiles, and talks to Scout. He likes playing with his other toys too but these seem to keep his attention the longest.
This Christmas we stayed home and celebrated with the 3 of us. We read the story of Christ's birth to our son and talked about why we celebrate Christmas. On Christmas Eve I cooked our main dish, we had beef tenderloin with blue cheese sauce, turkey bacon wrapped asparagus, stuff mushrooms, and chocolate pie. Christmas Day we had beef tenderloin, steamed asparagus, and steamed sweet potatoes. We also made creme brulee which was delicious and ate enchiladas for dinner.
Overall we could not have asked for a better first Christmas for our boy. He is such a wonderful child and full of life and love. By the way, I forgot to mention previously that he now knows his name. It's so cute, when you say his name he stops and looks at you. We love being parents and feel so blessed to have a child in our lives.
New Years we plan on staying home and watching all our of neighbors shoot fire crackers and rockets. Last year was quite an eventful night. We just hope our baby doesn't get too scared with the loud noise. We wish many blessings to you and your family in 2010.
Christmas Eve Dinner
This year's gingerbread house