Christmas is by far the best time of year and I love celebrating with my family in the U.S. There are no words to describe the great feeling of being surrounded by people you love, enjoying delicious food and dessert, and the chaos that inevitably happens alongside presents being unwrapped by 20+ cousins/second cousins in the same room.
This year, we did things a little differently. We spent Christmas here in Switzerland with Claudio’s family (his mom, dad, sister and grandmother). Instead of chaos, everything was neatly timed and organized. We opened presents with scissors and were careful with unwrapping paper only at the taped seams. We lit real candles on the tree (which was the biggest shock for me) and we sang Christmas songs alongside Claudio’s mom playing the flute. I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy Christmas as much as I would at home, but instead it was a very special Christmas. I can’t compare how one family celebrates to the other because it’s different in its entirety, but I loved the calmness associated with this Christmas. I loved the big smiles and words of gratitude after each family member unwrapped a gift. Everything seemed so new and different, but that’s what made it interesting and fun.
And now for pictures (I apologize in advance, there are a ton as usual):
Nativity Play – Alex and I sat in the front to get a better view. At one point he was so engrossed in the play, that he actually joined them on the altar. Maybe not the best idea to sit in the front row afterall!
Adorable ornaments by C’s mom
It was a wonderful, wonderful day!