So this is Christmas…

To be honest I get a little bit nostalgic during the Christmas season. Coming from a large extended family I’m used to big big Christmas dinners where two turkeys are barely enough to feed everyone. I’m used to waiting up until at least 10:00 pm to have dinner on Christmas eve, to wait until midnight to exchange presents and eat leftovers on Christmas day. I’m used to hitting a piñata and lighting up sparklers and sharing too many cookies, brownies and pies with my family and all our friends who come to my mom’s house after their own parties because they know ours will go on for longer.

Last year we spent Christmas in Mexico. Joshua was less than 20 days old and he got to experience Christmas, as I’ve always known it. Evan had such a great time helping my sister decorate the Christmas tree and an even greater time hitting a piñata and opening his presents while trying to stay awake.

This year it just feels different. This is our first Christmas in Jakarta and many of closest friends have already left or are about to. We don’t have concrete plans and this makes me feel a bit guilty. I feel like I should go all out and make Christmas special for the boys. I vowed not to throw another party until next year but I’m on the verge of giving in and I have actually already done so inviting some good friends to come over on Christmas Eve and decorate cookies with their kids.

And here a glimpse of what our Christmas in Jakarta looks like so far…

Wilkommen

Wilkommen

 Wreath

Outside Wreath

A Wreath

Inside Wreath

Stairs

Stairs

Ohh Christmas Tree.... Full of presents thanks to Abuela and Abuelo and Grandma and Grandpa

Ohh Christmas Tree…. Full of presents thanks to Abuela and Abuelo and Grandma and Grandpa

Stockings

Stockings

The colors of our Christmas

The colors of our Christmas

Hey There...

Hey There…

Present from my hubby's parents for our first Christmas. Bought in Germany,

Present from my hubby’s parents for our first Christmas. Bought in Germany,

German Snowflakes

German Snowflakes

Thai ornaments.

Thai ornaments.

Our First Christmas Together 2008

Our First Christmas Together 2008

This is the ornament we bought when I was pregnant with Evan and we visited Disney World.

This is the ornament we bought when I was pregnant with Evan and we visited Disney World.

Evan's First Ornament (From Great Grandma Janet)

Evan’s First Ornament (From Great Grandma Janet)

Joshua's Fist Ornament (From Great Grandma Janet)

Joshua’s Fist Ornament (From Great Grandma Janet)

From Great Grandma Janet.

From Great Grandma Janet.

From Great Grandma Janet.

From Great Grandma Janet.

Thai paper ornament

Thai paper ornament

Thanks Grandma for the Candy canes!

Thanks Grandma for the Candy canes!

German Nutcracker and smokey men

German Nutcracker and smokey men

The Elf on a Shelf, in this case behind the TV

The Elf on a Shelf, in this case behind the TV

Close-up of an Angel

Close-up of an Angel

Indonesian Crafts

Indonesian Crafts

Closeup of the stair garland

Closeup of the stair garland

A couple of frosties on top of the china cabinet

A couple of frosties on top of the china cabinet

Hand sewn snowflake and Santa (presents from grandma and grandpa)

Hand sewn snowflake and Santa (presents from grandma and grandpa)

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Christmas Cards

But then I realized what Christmas is all about. It’s not about how many people we have over for dinner or if we have a dinner at all. It’s not about getting the boys the latest kidget (my word for kid gadget). It’s not about the decorations or lack there of. It’s about remembering the birth of Jesus. It’s about being grateful for His sacrifice and for all the blessings in our lives. It’s about teaching Evan and Josh the importance of family and togetherness and spending time together. So yes, this Christmas is going to be special. It will be our first Christmas in Jakarta as a family of four and we are forever grateful for that.

On that note, I know my blogging has been very sporadic lately. It will probably become even more so since these next days will be all about enjoying having daddy at home and cuddling up with the boys drinking iced cocoa (it’s too hot in Jakarta for the hot kind), building new towers, playing with cars, and reading all of our new books and watching way to many cartoons.

Merry Christmas!

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10 thoughts on “So this is Christmas…

  1. Have a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year with your boys! I’m on my way back to London now and can’t wait to spend Christmas with my children before heading back to Jakarta on January 1st. I love your post, it puts it all into perspective! Lottie X

  2. I know what you mean especially you had such a grand Christmas last year with a birth of Joshua and having your families around, the contrast feels even bigger. I didn’t grow up in the family celebrating Christmas in the way that my husband’s family do, but I try my best to create our own Christmas tradition with our kids. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

    • Merry Christmas Kaho! I’m used to big big Christmas celebrations. We had two smaller ones and had a fantastic time with the boys. It still feels odd since we aren’t wearing winter clothes haha….. Big hugs to you and the kids!

  3. Wow, nice blog, you have been putting so much effort for the kids.. I’ve been reading few of your stories and it looks like fun (living in multiple cities) … Of course the deal breaker for me is being so far away from our big family … Wish you have a good stay in here .. Merry christmas and a happy new year …

    • Thanks Handra! Moving around certainly has its ups and downs but as long as the four of us are together we are ok. Thanks for visiting the blog. Merry Christmas and happy 2013!!!

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