In keeping with “new traditions”, we chose to spend our Christmas evening eating Thai food, drinking eggnog, and bonding with friends. We have all kind of had a challenging day, but managed to come together at about 6pm. Our friends, Michael and Elisabeth, had dinner ready and waited. Liz slaved away all afternoon making us a full authentic Thai dinner… haha, just kidding.
Our Christmas evening is with them is simple, easy and very relaxed. In fact, it almost exactly the same as last Christmas. They ordered Thai food, we brought cookies, and we sat around the dining room table all evening chatting and laughing. We hadn’t seen them since JUNE because all of us had ventured back to the States, at different times. It was awesome to be able to reunited on Christmas Day, and spend the evening together. The three kids played in the lounge, watched tv, danced around, and basically kept themselves busy. All three of them are really good kiddos. Since Thea and Elijah are only two months apart, we always take a photo of them together. Here’s an old post on that – Thea and Eli. We love watching them grow! If Liz and I could have the next babies as close as possible, we would… Having our babies a very similar age has been nice.
We arrived and dished up some food (the image of all the food on the table, below, is actually from last year because I didn’t take too many pictures), then sat down to relax for the rest of the evening. Liz made some really good eggnog, which went down really well with Baileys added to it. Hmmm… Baileys! The food was amazing. Hmmm… Thai Food! You just can’t go wrong with thai food, and we definitely recommend ordering in on Christmas evening, especially if you didn’t cook a meal that day and you have no leftovers. Funny that at home we might order Chinese food around Christmas sometime, and here we are in China, ordering Thai food.
Eli does his entertaining dance in which he simultaneously spins and flaps his arms, while giggling like crazy. Look at those two walking around and doing their own thing! What a contrast from last year…
That was the best attempt at getting a picture of Elijah and Thea side-by-side. At a year and a half, getting a picture of them together was much harder than it was at six months where we were just trying to get them to look at us. Now we have to try and catch them sitting at the same time, which practically never happens. On our way home I kicked myself for not taking a group photo of all of us!
We had a bit of an off-white Christmas this year, so we are happy that we were able to spend some time with familiar faces on this important holiday. We realized that if Liz and I both had another baby this year, that next Christmas will quite a bit busier since we will then be outnumbered by our children. Who knows… I could even get my wish and have twins! 😀