Happy New Year, everyone! It feels so good to leave behind 2016 and begin all over again with a fresh new year! God’s promises are ever before us, reminding us of His love and care, and it is with these good things in mind that we look forward to new adventures and happy times. However, before we say our final goodbye to 2016, we thought it would be delightful for you all if we shared a little peek into our family’s Christmas festivities with the newly-weds!
It never fails for each December to find our mailbox filled with well-wishes and happy tidings from our loved ones who live both far and near. In years past it has been a tradition to fill our fireplace mantel with beautiful Christmas Cards, but being in a new house means finding a new place to put all the pretty mail. This year Mom used our entryway bench and a “chalkboard window” to showcase the Christmas cards. I loved walking past this bench, each time thinking of the blessing of the many friends we have who think of us year after year.
When it comes to celebrating the Christmas season, food is definitely a focal point in our home. Decking the halls with boughs of holly wouldn’t make the season very jolly without the addition of the good smells that come out of the kitchen, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mom has always been a phenomenal cook, and over the years we have grown to love stepping into the scene of basting a turkey, mashing the potatoes till they turn into creamy fluffiness, and filling the oven with sheets of sweet cookie dough. Wonders will never cease so long as our Mom runs the kitchen. She is our inspiration, and we three hope to follow in her footsteps one day. Brigid still doesn’t count yet as she spent Christmas with us. 😉
Speaking of Brigid, do you remember how I used to wonder what my relationship with my sister and new brother-in-law would look like? Since the wedding, we all have definitely had our ups and downs. So much so that at one point we were beginning to wonder what the Holidays would bring. But that’s the funny thing about Christmas, it brings out the best in us. All the worry we held in our hearts for what the future would hold was pleasantly dashed to smithereens, and all the hopes were built up and met. To put it simply, we had the best time with Gabe and Brigid!
Now that they have mostly come down from cloud nine (mostly) post-wedding, it was really fun to see them interact as a “sane” yet happy-go-lucky couple. Every meal we shared together was laced with laughter and merriment. And who would have guessed that after only a short time of being married they would already have some of the silliest stories I have ever heard a new couple tell? Each day with Brigid and Gabe was like a special gift we got to open up and rejoice in.
Music, of course, has always been one of the main focuses for our family each Christmas. We play all our favorite vintage tunes, and highlights from Handel’s Messiah are usually played at least once or twice. But this year, it was Brigid’s deft fingers that played the majority of the Christmas melodies we would hear. Oh, how we’ve missed her piano playing! Having her around again to play music for the fun of it made me realize how Christmas is always made so much better when it’s music that comes from the heart of your home, from someone you love so well.
Ah…the Christmas pudding. Either it is the height, or the dread, of our Christmas night; depending on who you talk to. Charlotte and Gabriel share a dislike for the stuff, while the rest of us holly-jolly people enjoy it with great relish! This is a new-ish Christmas tradition of about two years, one that Brigid takes great pride in since it is she who presents us with the beautiful pudding. Gabe, being the new head of a household in our midst, was given the honor of lighting the brandied dessert. It is always a magical moment when the blue flame flickers over the Christmas pudding!
Don’t you love how festive we look? These family photos were taken on Christmas Eve, the day in which we opened our gifts and celebrated the traditional part of Christmas. Brigid treated Charlotte and I that morning to coffee and tea at our new favorite coffee house (Gabe was our chauffeur) while Mom and Dad stayed home to watch the turkey. We girls had one of the best heart-to-heart talks we had had in a very long time while we sat in the snug shop. The grace of our Lord was evident to us on that very merry Christmas Eve. Our hearts were kindled with love and thankfulness for each other, accompanied with the thankfulness we gave to God for sending His beloved Son into the world to live and die and rise again, sinless, to pay the ransom for many. It was a glorious day.
Christmas of 2016 in the Boyer home was a beautiful, peaceful close to a hard and toilsome year. Its celebration filled our hearts with joy and kindled hopeful anticipation for the new year. It truly is a season of hope, as well as a time to lay our troubles to rest at the foot of the Cross. If this year had not been what it was, I don’t think the blessing of the peace we found at Christmastime would have been as prominent. A hard year deserves a wonderful ending, don’t you think?
Did you have a jolly Christmas?
Are you ready for 2017?
We are, and we look forward to sharing it with you!
Blessings and love,
Jessica, the Eldest Sister