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Erickson Christmas 2012

Unfortunately, this year, my brother and his family had the stomach flu, so they couldn’t join us.  It just wasn’t the same with all the family together.

Asher not too thrilled!

My sister was there though, which was a blessing, since the kids hadn’t seen her since June!

silly picture!

Asher wasn’t having it for the pictures this year…

Stocking time!

Rilyn has been waiting almost all year for the Friends Lego house…and she just knew that Grandma was going to get it for her! So when she was opening it, she closed her eyes in anticipation!

feels like it…

She got it!

Captain America!

Christmas morning 2012

The kids woke up Christmas morning and we started off by putting the last ornament on our Jesse Tree!  The star, which represents Jesus!

Then the kids counted up all the money they earned in their Shepherd Pouches this December. They earned $37 total and we told them we would match it…so they got to give $75 to the Makarios Flood Recovery fund!

Time for stockings!

a blank book for her to write/draw in!
Angry Bird gummies!

Ella got Rilyn a Barbie horse…I’m pretty sure that is what Ella wanted, and so she picked it out for Rilyn! lol…sisters!

Rilyn got Ella an elephant Beanie Ballz!

she LOVES it!

Asher got his first Beyblade!

oh ya!

Massive sister hug from Ella!

Rilyn’s “need” present…new Twinkle Toes!

Ella’s “want” present…a scooter!

Our family present was a trampoline! We told the kids to go upstairs because their last gift was there…then they looked out the window!

Homemade gifts are the best! Ella knows how much James loves “Johnny Football”-the Heisman winner from A&M…so she made him his own personal one! lol


For breakfast every Christmas morning, we eat birthday cake for Jesus!

The red candle in the middle of the star represents Jesus. We each took a candle and lit it from the middle candle to represent that we can be lights of the world for Him!

3 layer cake!

Paquette Christmas

We traveled to Fort Worth last weekend to celebrate Christmas with James’ family.  Rilyn loved setting up Oma’s nativity!

We visited aunt Mandy who had a local art show. (She is RAW visual artist of the year for Dallas!)

visit  Mandylopandy on Facebook to see more!

The kids painted ornaments for Oma’s tree.

The whole family!

Presents were opened!

a unicorn horn from aunt Mandy!

The kids big gift was a Giga ball!!


The favorite thing we look forward to is the stocking game! Every stocking has a gift card in it and there are “rounds” with $5 gift cards, $10, $15, and $25! Some gift cards are for Dollar Tree, and some are for Target!  (There always is trading at the end!)  Rilyn and Ella are the elves, and place the cards in the stocking in between each round.  We draw numbers to see who will pick first, second, etc.  So fun, and a tradition that we will no doubt carry on when we are grandparents!


peace, LOVE, and joy!

Merry Christmas from the Paquettes!

live Nativity

We went to a live Nativity on Saturday night at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Taylor.  It was very nice, and we will be going back next year!  The only complaint from my kids was that they wanted it to go on longer!    🙂

The angel telling Mary that she is with child…

Collecting taxes…

No more room in the inn…but we have a stable…

The shepherds visit the King

the wise men

Wimberley Trail of Lights!

On Friday night, we went to Wimberley’s Trail of Lights for the first time!  It was like a magical village full of lit up trails for the kids to run around in!  I definitely recommend it!

going with dear friends!
this was a pink wonderland!
a magical door?

the 12 days of Nativity (for your neighbor!)

Every Christmas season, I like to incorporate one new tradition.  Last year, we started the Shepherd Pouches. The year before, we started the Jesse Tree.  The year before that, we started making birthday cake for Jesus to eat on Christmas morning.  We also made an edible Nativity last year too, that we will do again.  This year, we are going to start the 12 days of Nativity (for your neighbor!)

I found online a Dollhouse Miniature 12-Pc. Nativity Set
from Amazon.  Now keep in mind, I have three children, which means I need 3 sets of nativities to give out, so I needed inexpensive.  This set is also teeny tiny, so not good for little children.   I really wanted a 12 piece set too, so I could incorporate the theme of the 12 days of Christmas.  🙂

Each piece is wrapped or put in gift bags, and a tag is attached.  Each of my kids get to pick a special friend in the neighborhood who they will deliver one piece a day for 12 days on their doorstep.  The gift doesn’t say who it’s from, so each of my kid’s friends are going to open their front door each day from December 1st-12th and find a small gift waiting for them and wonder who it’s from!  So fun, right?  On day 12, my child will deliver baby Jesus, (and reveal their hidden identity!)  Christmas fun (think secret Santa), and sharing the Gospel?!? Yes please!  🙂  Here is what I’m writing on each tag (which I adapted from Noel Piper’s Advent Calendar story):

(bolded word corresponds with the nativity piece)

Day 1  Long ago, God made a promise about a little town named Bethlehem.  Jesus is the King that God promised to send.  In Bethlehem there was a place called a stable. In the stable there was a manger, filled with hay for the animals to eat. There were animals like a COW…

Day 2:   …and a DONKEY.

Day 3:  One day the animals had a big surprise. A woman came to stay in the stable. That was because the emperor commanded everyone to go to their hometowns and sign up for paying taxes. Little Bethlehem was filled with people, so there was no other place for the woman to stay.  Her name was MARY, and she was glad to rest in the stable with the animals, because she was going to have a baby—very soon!

Day 4: Her husband, JOSEPH, was with her. Before they traveled to Bethlehem, an angel of God talked to him in a dream. The angel said, “This baby is from God. You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  This baby was the king God had promised.

Day 5:  Out in the fields near Bethlehem, there was a SHEPHERD .  .  .

Day 6:  . . . taking care of his SHEEP.

Day 7:  In the sky, there was a very special star.  Far away, a WISE MAN saw the star and said, “This is the sign that a special king has been born I must find him and worship him. I’ll bring him a royal gift of gold.”

Day 8:  So he got his CAMEL ready to travel . . .

Day 9 . . . and he brought along another WISE MAN who had a gift of rich perfume, called frankincense, for the king.

Day 10:  And another WISE MAN wanted to go with them too.  So he brought a gift of precious oil, called myrrh, to give to the king.

Day 11:  One night, an ANGEL of the Lord appeared to the shepherds.  They were filled with fear. But the angel said, “Fear not. I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”   Suddenly, there was a multitude of angels saying, “Glory to God!”

Day 12:   And the shepherds went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the BABY JESUS lying in the manger.

When Jesus grew up, he died and rose from the dead to save us from our sins. He is our greatest Treasure!


My kids can’t wait to deliver the gifts in December!

Ella’s 12 gifts for her friend ready to go!

My photography business!

April 2020