Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Our Christmas Eve in Switzerland
Although we were hours and miles away from family this Christmas Eve, we tried to keep our traditions alive. We cooked a chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and had Christmas cookies for dessert.
We then had Coretta read the Christmas Story and created a podcast of it so we have it for years to come. After our meal, we had Coretta pass out the presents to each person and we opened them one by one. Geno didn't really know what was going on at first, but then learned that maybe he could have more presents if he took them from Coretta's pile.
The kids received many wonderful gifts from their parents and grandparents. Coretta received numerous outfits, leather boots, hats mittens, make-over doll, art set, craft set, a remote control helicopter, books, and a doll. Geno received books, clothes, car set, drum set, Noah's ark play set, wooden building blocks, and pajamas.
We skyped with Grandma and Grandpa Earnest and talked to Auntie Heidi on the phone. Sadly we could not get a hold of the other Bieters (Tom, Sarah, Imania, and Marilyn) at Sarah's house, but they were in our thoughts and prayers.
Although Nick was sick and running a fever, he did not let that damper his festive spirit. Well, until 9:00 pm when he fell asleep on the couch with a cold pack on his head that is.
Tomorrow we are going to an English speaking service at a 13th century Catholic church in Zug. We plan to watch a Christmas movie and do some ice-skating. Overall it was a great Christmas with even more great memories.