It’s Christmas!


Jacob playing Santa – he left this gift in front of a neighbor’s door without telling them on Christmas Eve. They’ll have a story to tell!

Merry Christmas 2012!

This was James’ first Christmas ever and boy, it was a good one. We kept it simple and low-key (or tried our best given we live with an exuberant 6-year-old) throughout the day with plenty of presents, Christmas candies and chocolates, and good food and drink.

It all started, of course, with Jacob waking me up at 5:45 a.m. (Bi has a bad cold so she was sleeping in another room separate from James and I). Jacob couldn’t believe how many presents there were under the tree (see photo below) and he could barely contain his excitement. He was jumping in place with giddiness.

We spent the morning in front of a blazing fire (courtesy of YouTube – it was a 3-hour video of a high-definition burning fireplace) and listening to great Christmas music (courtesy of – a site with any kind of music you’d want to hear, and you can listen for free).

Jacob started opening his gifts, then we paused and it was James turn and then Dad and

Jacob in front of the tree on Christmas morning.

Jacob in front of the tree on Christmas morning.

then Mom. It was great that we could all be together another year for Christmas. We missed our family in the U.S., but we were all thinking of each other which was really good. Jacob and James’ Grammie and Auntie Karen helped to make their Christmas very special with plenty of nice books, toys, and clothes.

Jacob and James Aunt Nau (A-Meo as Jacob calls her) gave Jacob some very nice clothes and gave James a nice toy. Ong Hoang gave Jacob a big bag of M&Ms – which he loves!

Mom and Dad gave Jacob a book and a couple of toys he’s been wanting and Santa brought him an airplane Transformer. Jacob gave Mom a nice bag and gave James a cube toy he can play with.

Below are pictures of us with friends, on Christmas Eve, and on Christmas morning opening our gifts and hanging out in front of the tree (there are not captions on all the photos because there are just too many of them!):

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Thanks to everyone for your gifts – and hope you’ve had a great Christmas!

About David and Lam

A smitten couple and loving parents in our early 40s. We have lived in 3 different countries together. We dream of living in a fourth country together after our children grow up. We love long walks in the woods, climbing mountains, boating, traveling, reading, and being together. Both David and Lam are old souls who love quietness and meaningful conversations in which we ponder the truth and mysteries of life as well as discuss philosophical and ethical matters. We especially like to enjoy the small pleasures of daily life.
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