Swiss Christmas

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We spent this Christmas in Switzerland, and enjoyed a small celebration with Claudio’s family. We went to mass on Christmas Eve, and joined Claudio’s family at noon on Christmas day.

Alex was spoiled with many presents not just from the ones he received here, but also from family in the U.S. sending packages. We seemed to have had a new surprise awaiting us in our postbox nearly every day during the month of December!

Now on to a few pictures! Here’s how our day looked…

Presents galore! – Alex woke up to find a living room that had clearly been visited by Santa! He couldn’t believe that everything (well mostly everything) was for him. He was also very happy to visit his nativity scene on the window ledge to find that baby Jesus was finally in his manger. This had been bothering him, even after explaining that he couldn’t be in there until his birthday.

Here’s the living room..

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Our tree, made from cards we received. Thanks, everyone!

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Opening presents + light-up snowman pin from Grandma

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A very silly boy and his double chin!

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Present for Papa: A salt dough hand-print ornament made by the little one beaming from ear to ear.

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The festive tree at Omi & Opi’s house

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Our delicious lunch was a lovely Chinoise Fondue, which is “a common French name for Hot pot, where meat and vegetables are cooked in a shared pot of broth. Various sauces are provided on the side.” (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

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Christmas cookies, representing American-style on the left and Switzerland on the right

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Newest photographer in the family! He seriously couldn’t put the camera down at all the entire evening. About 3/4 of the pictures were of random things (his feet, the table, door, etc.). We’ll have some work to do, but at least he’s very excited about it.

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My mom sends one of these cute singing stuffed animals every Christmas and they’re always a bit hit! This allowed a few minutes of snuggle time between Great Grandmother and Alex.

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The Christmas tree after the candles had been lit – this year I didn’t panic seeing real candles on the tree, unlike my first “Swiss Christmas”. 🙂

 

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Trying out Omi’s flute – I think he was more so checking to see if we were all awake by letting out high pitch tones!

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After the songs, we opened presents…

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I love this picture. Someone obviously was having a GREAT time!

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I was very excited to give this gift – A set of business cards for Ruth’s new Etagere business.

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As it turns out, she made special Etageres for each of us. So sweet!

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A few pictures by the tree…

Just look at that goofball!

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Alex had a great time with his beloved Auntie! He usually puts his “loveys” (favorite stuffed animals) in his zip-up footie pajamas before bed, but decided to try the same with the vest he was wearing. Aunt Martina chimed in too!

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Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for 2013!

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5 thoughts on “Swiss Christmas

  1. Joan Lee

    Steph, loved sharing your Christmas and seeing the family again. I share your stories with Doreen, my son Kevin’s wife, who lives in Indiana and is 100% German-American. She looks forward to your stories as I do. Happy new year! Joan

  2. Patty McHugh

    Thank you for sharing, in great detail, your wonderful Swiss Christmas that you shared with Claudio’s family! Looks like everyone had a fabulous time! The main entertainer was there, encouraging many laughs, smiles, and joyful moments! Alex always has very unique expressions that make you happy!
    It’s fun to see some of the things sent to him… in his hands, or on his clothes! Thank you for sharing those moments with us! I love Alex spending individual time with each family member…especially with Claudio’s grandmother! She must really look forward to seeing him…he lights up her life, I can tell! They are so adorable with the bear playing the music! I know everyone enjoys him so much!
    We missed each of you, as always, but especially at Christmas time.
    Love to the three of you, and Claudio’s family!
    Love, Mom and Dad

  3. Patty McHugh

    That was great, Steph! I posted a comment! Love you, and hope you are having a good day! I hope you have a WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY, tomorrow! Love you, sweetie! We took the day off, due to a small amount of snow, but mostly due to the slick roads! We saw a lot of accidents on the news at 4:30, this am, so decided not to go in, for a change! Love you, and hope you have a GREAT BIRTHDAY, TMRW! LOVE ALWAYS, Mom and Dad

  4. These pictures are amazing, Steph! I am so sorry that I so rarely get to leaving comments on your blog. I especially love the picture of you, Claudio, and Alex. I love seeing all the smiles on everyone’s faces because of Alex. He is such a sweetheart. Love you all!

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