The Twelve Days of Christmas — Day One

Anticipation ran particularly high this year as Dave and I awaited the arrival of the whole Wolfe clan.

While we bought food, made cookies, and decked the walls here at the cabin, the Georgia Wolfes landed at Reagan Airport and  did a bit of sightseeing at the Smithsonian’s Native American Museum. That afternoon, Brent, Becky and their girls returned to Reagan to rendezvous with Bryan, Stacey and their daughter, the Hawaii Wolfes.

Before stuffing any turkey, our sons stuffed the rental van with luggage, three children, car seats, strollers, and four adults, and embarked on their 2+-hour drive. Destination: Wasabi Japanese Restaurant in LaVale.

Last May all three girls spent ten days together, so they got reacquainted through giggles and singing, communicating as only a 4 1/2-year-old, a 21-month-old and a 16-month-old can!

Gathered together at a Japanese steak house for what has become a Christmas Eve family tradition, we began our December 24-January 1 holiday, thankful that the Lord had brought us together safely.

This photo documents how happy everyone was to be OUT of the van!

The girls got to move about and investigate the entire place thanks to a gracious, understanding staff.

And, of course, they got to see Santa Grandpa!

Austyn Grace, holding her trusted Woobee, came to Maryland with a one-way ticket.

The plan? Our oldest granddaughter, at 4 1/2, would spend a few extra days with us after everyone else left.

We would experience our own Twelve Days of Christmas with her.

After dinner we all drove the last 45 minutes with kids’ parents in the van, and three sleepy little girls in the back seat of our Jeep!

Happy giggles and then nodding heads happened as the miles rolled by…

At 365 Bearfoot Road, we gathered the girls from their carseats.

Their sleepy eyes opened to see this 10+-foot Canaan fir, the one Santa Grandpa had cut down and decorated, waiting to greet them with lights imitating the wondrous message written in the stars over two thousand years ago:

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid.”

“And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord.'”


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