Monday, December 15, 2008


Santa Claus.

And also...
Our family Advent times.
Christmas cookies.
Seeing family.
Decorating the tree.
Writing a letter to Santa.
Making ornaments.
Christmas breakfast.
Christmas dinner.
The kids Christmas play.
Getting cards and letters in the mail.
Changing the date on the Advent calendar.
Seeing a loved one open their gift.
Christmas Eve candlelight service.
Singing the Twelve Days of Christmas.
A Christmas girls night out with friends.
Opening my gifts.
It's a Wonderful Life.
Christmas pajamas.
Getting Gary the "just right" gift.
Waking up on Christmas morning.
The joy on the faces of my girls.

So much to anticipate.

What do you anticipate most during the holiday season?


Travis Erwin said...

We are headed to Disney World on Christmas day so I'm gearing up for our trip. It's 12 degrees here at 3 in the afternoon so I'm looking forward to Florida.

Cheryl said...

I love our family times we get to share at Christmas. I love to get up on Christmas morning, start a fire, make coffee, open gifts and just have a relaxed morning. My siblings and their families and my Mom are coming here on Christmas Eve. I got LOTS of work to do in a short period of time! I'm really excited though.

Heather said...

The thing I anticipate most is seeing the kids faces when they open their presents on Christmas morning in their pajamas with their hair sticking up 7 ways to Sunday. LOL

Auburn Kat said...

I still can remember the anticipation I had for Christmas morning when I was little.

I love the look on her face in those pictures!

Jenster said...

I love that face!! So precious!

Cheryl Wray said...

Travis--Oh boy, what fun! I sure would be anticipating Disney World too! Have a great time!

Cheryl--Your Christmas morning sounds wonderful!

Heather--Ha ha! Those are precious moments. :-)

Kat--I can still remember too. That's what's so great about kids and Christmas!

Jenster--She was SO excited to see Santa!

Lynilu said...

I'm remembering being a wee one and that wonderful, urgent anticipation of the first sighting of Santa. Oh, so fun!

Anonymous said...

Oh, this is just so sweet. I am loving all of your Christmas posts.


Cheryl Wray said...

Lynilu--There is such excitement with little ones! And I also remember how excited I was about Santa when I was a child!

Anon--Hey Marg!!! Thanks! :-)

Kingcover said...

I don't what it is about fire trucks but that seems to be the mode of transport for Santa in parades all over the world. Are they expecting his beard to catch fire during the parade and so need lots of water very close by or is it in case he's too heavy from all of the chocolates he's consumed that he needs a ladder to climb down off the truck??? Hehe.

I anticipate that Christmas day is on 25th December each year and so far I've gotten it right. Lol :-P

Kingcover said...

*I don't KNOW what it is ....*

(The excitement of your post got to me Cheryl)

Jeff said...

I love the sparkly decorations! It is the thing I look forward to every here, seeing all the lights go up and the elaborate store windows get in to place.

hippo chick said...

What a great post, Cheryl. I was awash in anticipation as I looked at your pictures. I could see Santa in the distance. The look on Scout's face was priceless as she waited for Santa.

Like you, my list of things is long. I am so looking forward to a quiet Christmas day with Jim. I bought "us" the first season of "Big Bang Theory" and plan to watch several episodes in our pj's.

As usual, you have given me a good topic for a post. Stay tuned.

I'm off to finish my Christmas cards - in my pj's.

~hippo hugs~

Cheryl Wray said...

King--I've always wondered also why Santa always rides on a firetruck. He should be riding in a sleigh, don't you think? (I guess it's so everyone can see him because he's way up high!)

Kingagain--LOL I'm glad I'm exciting you! :-)

Jeff--I would LOVE to see New York City at Christmas!

Cheryl Wray said...

Pam--Hey! You jumped in while I was commenting back LOL I've got Season One of The Big Bang Theory on my "wish list" from Gary. I hope I get it!! (Was last night's episode not HILARIOUS!!!!! When Sheldon got the Leonard Nimoy napkin, I thought I would bust a gut!!!)

Gretchen said...

I don't know if santa needs a friends on Lummi Island watch him arrive on the ferry. :)

I anticipate many of the same things as on your list. Mostly, just relaxing and watching the kids. And going to our candlelit service on Christmas eve. Love singing "Silent Night" with the church all aglow.

Kathy said...

I anticipate my family being together, and smiles on every face!

I also anticipate Christmas cards! I really enjoy seeing all of the different cards that everyone picks, and catching up with family and friends that are far away.

Love your new banner!

Cheryl Wray said...

Gretchen--Oh how FUN to see Santa on a ferry! I love it! And, yes, Christmas Eve services are so special.

Kathy--I love getting cards too. That is definitely a highlight of the day! And thanks on the banner; I just couldn't resist putting it up there!

Monogram Queen said...

I could have SWORE I posted yesterday! Oh well... I love Sydney's look of anticipation. What a sweetheart!

I am anticipating Madison's face on Christmas morning!

Gin said...

These pictures are so sweet. We went and saw Santa this past weekend at the mall and it was so fun. I love to see the kids with Santa.