Jan 2, 2010

A Quiet Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Maycock Family! This photo was taken at the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, December 22, 2009.

For many people, Christmas is a highly stressful time of year. There are parties to attend, shopping to do, money to spend (or not, but you spend it anyway), trips to take. But for us, the holiday season has always been a relatively quiet time. We've had a few Christmases fraught with stress, but they've been the exception rather than the rule.

Thankfully, this Christmas was yet another quiet one. I spent most of it at home, looking after our son, reading, and watching TV or movies on my laptop. We made three "trips" during the holiday, once down to Cincinnati a few days for Christmas, and twice up to Columbus-once the day after Christmas for the baby dedication of J and Evelyn's son and the other, last Wednesday for a dental appointment. I know Babs might have liked to go out more, but I was thankful for the break from the long-haul driving that is part of everyday life for me now.

One other thing about quiet Christmases. They go by much more slowly, which makes the vacation feel longer!

The Little Feller and I explore the conservatory.

Bab's sister, Jenny strikes a pose at the Krohn Conservatory. Jenny and her husband, Matt, spent Christmas week with us. Even though having seven adults, one baby, and two dogs made for a very full house, it was so nice to have them with us. We had a really great week!

Matt and Jenny

Babs is making more of an effort to be "earth-friendly" these days, and in keeping with that "green" emphasis, she decided to make her own wrapping paper. Using old brown paper bags and magazines, she created the beautifully wrapped gifts you see here. The only downside is that it took a long time to wrap gifts using this method. Around 1:00 A.M. Christmas morning, she finally ran out of steam and chucked the rest of the presents into gift bags (which can be reusued!)

Christmas morning! Our son still doesn't know what Christmas is, but he sure loved all the presents! More pictures and video of him on Christmas morning will be up on his blog.

Dad, Jenny, Shiloh and Matt.

Mom and the tree.

The Little Feller opens his gift from Nona. There is a precious video of this on his blog.


Mai said...

Agreed! Quiet, unplanned vacations take nice and long!!

And, i really like Barbara's idea of making her own wrapping paper! I'm going to steal her idea the next time I wrap anything!

Gloria Pierson said...

Thank you for sharing your family Christmas picture with us by post. We have it displayed with our circle of friends and relatives. 'Little Feller', as you call him, is so handsome with the infectious smile. You are so blessed. wishing your family and wonderful 2010.