Just so we don't forget.... this is how we spent our Christmas in Tampa this year. Jonnie and I got out there on the night of the 22nd. We couldn't imagine spending the holidays without JD even if Christmas was in a hotel with almost no presents. We had a wonderful little Christmas with our family and wouldn't have done it any other way! The 23rd we headed to the mall so we could feel some Christmas spirit. We had a little ornament made so we would always remember what a unique Christmas it really was.
Christmas Eve we went out to eat for 'linner' then got some goodies to munch on that night as we did our Christmas Eve traditions of reading the scriptures, some Christmas stories, and letting Jonnie open her PJ's. We finished up the night watching Shrek with Jonnie and headed to bed.
Christmas morning Jonnie had 2 little presents to open from Santa then we had a yummy breakfast and got ready for the beach. Since we figured we'd probably never again spend Christmas day at the beach we made the most of it and it turned out to be so much fun! We definitely learned how insignificant presents really are in the grand scheme of things and realized how family traditions really do make or break the holiday season.
Don't worry, Jonnie did have a normal Christmas of opening presents once we got back to Utah and Montana the first week of January.... only now she thinks Christmas happens multiple times a year!
All in all it was wonderful to be together as a family.... Can't wait til next year!