I know that this post is coming a few weeks late, but
Seeing as how this was Sergio and my very first state side Christmas...
I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share.
This year I had the privilege to show him our fun traditions.
The Christmas Tree!!
We had our fake tree set up the day after Thanksgiving, but our entry way need a little more Christmas spirit.
We headed to the mountains with my parents.
We had fun playing in the snow, making snow angels, and even throwing a few snowballs at each other.
Together we found the perfect Christmas tree.
Even though it was a little bigger than it looked in the mountains, we had fun stringing it with popcorn and cranberries and hanging tons of candy canes all over it. Regretfully, we don't have any pictures of the finished tree.
On the way to the mountains we also had to stop in Rock Creek to visit the awesome Christmas lights and so that Sergio could meet Bull, our favorite Christmas Camel.
We really enjoyed it and it was actually hard to tell our little buddy goodbye.
Last year, one of the things that made me really homesick was not being able to got to Salt Lake and visit the Temple Square Christmas lights. I think it was just because I wanted Sergio to be able to see them. So this year we took advantage of mom's doctors appointment and we stayed in Salt Lake until the lights came on. It was so much fun and the spirit was really strong.
A few days before Christmas Darlene and her family came to visit.
Really we took it pretty easy but we had SO much fun.
One of our family traditions that Josh brought home from his mission is that on Christmas Eve we play Christmas Bingo. The Oakes family always come to hang out with us too so that makes it even more fun.
The kids are a blast and it is always a memorable experience.
Afterwards we mixed our Argentine roots with the family.
We set off fireworks at 8:00...Midnight Argentine time to welcome the Christ child.
We came inside, changed into our cute new Christmas Pj's and warmed up.
We gathered together and read from Luke II, then ran to bed so we wouldn't miss Santa coming.
That morning Sergio and I waited anxiously for it to be 6 am so we could go upstairs. It was a loooong night of anticipation, but totally worth it.
Christmas presents aren't normally a tradition in Argentina, so it was quite a change for Sergio.
It was so fun watching the little guys open their presents.
We can't wait for next year when our little girl will be here with us to join in the excitement!!
We had a very Merry Christmas!