The Hall’s Haven


Christmas with the Hall’s

I have to admit that Christmas was a bit strange this year. For the first time ever in our marriage, we did not have the Jerusalem dinner on the first Sunday of December (Taylor was sooo worried about it!)and we did not go to Bruce and Sharon’s for Christmas Eve. This year we combined the parties into one night on the 23rd. My absolute very favorite part of Christmas is the Jerusalem dinner. This year, without Bruce and Sharon there, they wrote us all a message that Casey read. (choked up the whole time, he misses them so much!) The letter talked about when and how they started the Jerusalem Dinner in their family. It was a nice message, and great start to the evening. We had our traditional meal of fish, pita bread, grapes, bananas, oranges, avocados, onions, hot pepper cheese, and grape juice.

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After our Jerusalem Dinner, we all cleaned up and gathered around for the tradition of reading the Polar Express while eating M&Ms.

Next we went on to have Taylor give her first piano recital. She played 2 songs for us, and we all sang along to jingle bells. She was super excited to play Grandma’s keyboard. Angela led us all in playing the chimes, which went shaky, but so much fun. Then on to the presents! Lindsey’s family gave us new SLEDS!! (Now if we could just get some snow to USE them!)

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The whole night, Casey was not feeling well. I must be slacking, because I don’t even have a picture of him curled up on the floor in a blanket.

After the party was over, most of the adults went home, but all of the kids stayed for a SLEEP OVER! Addy, Cameron, Lindsey, Dean, and Angela stayed with the kids for a fun night. Then the next morning we all had yummy breakfast of Hashbrown Casserole, French Toast Sticks, and Biscuits and Gravy.

It was a wonderful party, and we even talked with Bruce and Sharon that night.