Amazingly enough, we didn’t get any great pictures of the two girls in their matching dresses. The girls had a great time, though, especially afterwards, when we took them outside to play in the Consulate courtyard with other kids from the Mission.
Christmas itself was a quiet affair. Bertrand went to Bethleham for the midnight mass, while I stayed home to stuff the stockings and wrap presents.
I’m sure many other Foreign Service families have faced the problem of where to hang stockings before our household effects arrive with our hooks and our drill and necessary Christmas hardware. I bought these tiny stockings at Target to stuff into our suitcases, and we hung them on our Drexel China cabinet.
Christmas morning was again, quiet. I woke up early to start on planning for 2015, and let Bertrand and the kids sleep in. When everyone finally woke up, we opened presents, then let the kids dig into the chocolate in their stockings.