When we first arrived back home, Quinn was sad to see there was no snow on the ground. He had been constantly watching our local ski area's webcams, waiting and hoping for the skiing he would do this winter.
Though there wasn't any snow, we quickly busied ourselves with unpacking our two huge suitcases from our travels and it was finally time to start decorating for Christmas!
When we first moved into the barn, there were icicle style christmas lights on it from ten years prior!
Because of the painful memories Quinn had of taking them down, we hadn't yet put lights of our own up.
This was the year to change that!
Quinn did a wonderful job putting lights up, and we'll be sure to take them down once the season is over (because leaving your Christmas lights up ALL YEAR ROUND is a huge no-no).
While on tour, I had plenty of time to dream up Christmasy things to do while home. Maybe I day dreamed a little too much...because I've kept Quinn pretty busy with all the ideas I've had.
My first idea came from the old tales of Saint Nicholas when he would come to good children and fill their clogs or slippers with treats. Saint Nicholas day fell on the first Sunday we were back in town, December 6th. And Quinn and I were prepared to spread some Christmas cheer in Saint Nicholas' honor...
We woke up extra early on Sunday morning, thinking that Abigail and Melissa (who were the only ones home) would still be fast asleep. Imagine our surprise when, as we were sneaking up to their front door, Abby opens it and wishes us a good morning!
There we stood.
Our arms filled with treats and surprises for her.
Needless to say we quickly tried to hide everything and asked her to go back inside and we would come get her in a bit.
She was rather confused (and I'm sure surprised by the bags of slippers and candy in our hands), but she was kind and left us to our now not-so-secret work.
Together, Quinn and I set out the slippers we had picked out for each person and filled them with candy canes, oranges, nuts, caramels and pomegranates.
Abigail and Laura got the most exciting pairs of slippers, with Abby getting puppy dog ones and Laura getting pink piggies!
We set a little note from Saint Nicholas in front of each pair of slippers. All that was left now was to go get the good children (or in this case, good mom and sister).
I think they were a little bit surprised!
Mom and Abby were so excited to find a pair of slippers from Saint Nicholas just for them by the front door. And I was so happy that Quinn and I had gotten up early and surprised them.
As we later found out, they were just about to leave for the early service at their church (something Quinn and I had not taken into account).
Even though Abigail caught us in the act of our secret plans, she still said that she was very surprised.
And really, that's what we had hoped for...
Little did they know that I had other things in mind for more secret Christmas things!
Haha. Glad those slippers were new. I don't think I'd want treats in mine! You and Quinn seem to have such a good time together. What a joy to see young people so involved with family and not just with themselves. I know everyone must just love you.ReplyDelete