We are flying out this afternoon to Israel!!! It's a dream come true for me! One of the advantages of living here is a a cheap flight to Israel and only 3 hours by plane.
So we celebrated the morning of Christmas Eve. First, stockings!
Then, Christmas breakfast. Pardon the non-fancy dishes. Kept things simple this year, knowing we'd be leaving this afternoon. Coffee (with American creamers!), sausage and egg casserole, cheese grits, cinnamon rolls, and cut fruit.
By far my favorite find this year for the kids for Christmas were these cups. I met a man who lives in a village outside of Ankara. For $3 each, he sold me the glass mug and engraved it for them. For the older 3 girls, I put their English name on one said, and their Turkish name on the other. (Firstborn is Meryem (Mary in the Turkish Bible), Twinkle is Latife (which means "grace" in Turkish just like her English name), and Miss Middler is Yildiz (which means "star" just like her English name). So fun! Sweet Cheeks and Big Ben got one, too. I got one for CC that says "Papa" and one of me that says, "Mama." I planned to get "Sara," but the 2 girls with me said they wanted it to say, "Mama." I had to laugh...Papa and Mama, we look like Hillbillies!
This was our birthday cake for Jesus. Three candles for the Trinity.
And then we opened gifts. Things were simple this year, as we are taking a bigger trip than we normally do, but everyone was just as happy.
CC never wants anything. ANYTHING. But I did get him an Oasis sweatshirt. And this morning I woke up early and used my blueberries (not sold here...they were gifted to me) to make him some IHOP blueberry syrup. He was pretty excited.