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Our Merry Christmas

December 28, 2011

We had a wonderful Christmas this year (as we do every year). We celebrated it on Christmas Eve. Austin and Jonathan wanted to wake up at 5 a.m. to open presents, but the rest of us weren’t so excited about that idea. :) Sleeping in on Christmas morning wasn’t right, either. So we gathered in the family room to open presents at 7:30 that morning.It’s a tradition in our family for the youngest reader to read the Christmas story (Luke 2) before opening gifts. This year, Austin and Jonathan took turns reading it together.

Wesley, the Apple-loving geek in our family, got two great computer books.

Austin, the gardener in our family, got a banana growing kit. On the kit, we read that the banana is the world’s largest herb. Hmm. Sounds suspicious. I’ve never heard of that before! Austin is growing this exotic plant on my bedroom windowsill, because it will get the most sun there. :)

I was thrilled to receive a Life is good running shirt that says “gotta run”, as well as some cute mittens!

Jonathan got a cool LEGO set. He has played with it for hours on end!

Mom made a lovely Christmas dinner, and we watched It’s A Wonderful Life that night.

The next day after church, we spent some time with our Noble relatives at their home. I enjoyed our time so much!

At dinner, we pulled apart Christmas crackers, and inside were little hats!

We played cards after dinner…

…and that evening we sang Christmas hymns. It was wonderful!

We had a great time at their home, and we stayed the next day too, which was Austin’s 13th birthday. The Nobles set up a huge surprise treasure hunt for Austin. It was the neatest treasure hunt I’ve every seen! But I’ll save that for my next post, so stay tuned! :) We did indeed have a very merry Christmas!

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    Hannah

    December 28, 2011

    Merry CHRISTmas, dear friend! I’m so glad that y’all had such a sweet time. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is one of our favorite Christmas movies! :) I love all of your pictures as well! And I had no idea that bananas were the world’s largest herb. It does indeed sound quite suspicious! :)

    I’m glad that you had such a sweet and blessed Christmas. May you have many more such times. I love you!

    To God be the Glory,
    Love,
    Hannah

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    Anna

    December 28, 2011

    It was such a sweet and special time! Can’t wait to see your blog post about Austin’s birthday :) :) I love your t-shirt and the “Gotta Run”– That’s awesome :) Hope to see you soon!
    Love, Anna

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    Becca

    December 29, 2011

    Sounds like you and your family had a great Christmas! Bananas are the largest herb? I’ve never heard that before – I didn’t even know that a banana was an herb – I’ll have to read up on that! :) Have a great New Year’s!

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    Becca

    December 29, 2011

    Ah ha! I have found it! I got this from “wiki answers,” another branch of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. . .

    “Q. Why is a banana a herb?
    A. A banana is both an herb and a fruit. Although it grows on a banana “tree” it actually comes from an herbaceous plant. Its seeds signify that it is a fruit.”

    So there it is! I’m still surprised! :D

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      Brooke Noble

      December 29, 2011

      Thanks so much, girlies, for your comments! And Becca – thank you for putting an end to my suspicion about a banana being an herb. :) Very interesting.
      Happy New Year’s!
      ~Brooke

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        Becca

        December 30, 2011

        Your welcome – it surprised me so much, I had to make sure ’twas true! ;D Happy New Year’s to you as well!
        ~Becca

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        Becca

        December 30, 2011

        By the way; what is the exotic plant on your bedroom windowsill that Austin is growing called? I really enjoy growing indoor plants. However, my bedroom windowsill doesn’t get very good lighting, so I don’t get to grow them that often. :(

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