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..
Our tree, made from cards we received. Thanks, everyone!
Opening presents + light-up snowman pin from Grandma
A very silly boy and his double chin!
Present for Papa: A salt dough hand-print ornament made by the little one beaming from ear to ear.
The festive tree at Omi & Opi’s house
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!)
Christmas cookies, representing American-style on the left and Switzerland on the right
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.
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.
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”. 🙂
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!
After the songs, we opened presents…
I love this picture. Someone obviously was having a GREAT time!
I was very excited to give this gift – A set of business cards for Ruth’s new Etagere business.
As it turns out, she made special Etageres for each of us. So sweet!
A few pictures by the tree…
Just look at that goofball!
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!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for 2013!