Sundays with Gage – Christmas in the House That Grandpa Built

 We headed home this weekend to celebrate Christmas with my Grandma and the family.  My Grandpa was the oldest of 12 and my Grandma the second oldest of 9 and they had 6 kids (and in-laws), 8 (then 10) grandchildren (and 8 in-laws), and with Gage 12 great-grandchildren.  My Grandpa died in 1992, but the rest of the family he and my Grandma made still get together every year in the house that he built.  It’s a favorite time for me because I grew up surrounded by a lot of family and it is a treat for me to travel home and be surrounded by the love of relatives.  As an only child my extended family is important to me and I am thankful for them. 

This year was special because Gage is the first baby in 7 years so he got lots of attention and as you can see by his picture he was worn out by the time we headed back today.  And today marks two months that Gage has graced us with his presence and we are excited to celebrate his first Christmas next week even if the only part of his presents he showed any interest in yesterday was a ribbon (and I’m using interest in very lightly).

Hope this holiday season hasn’t worn you out as much as it has Gage :)

31 thoughts on “Sundays with Gage – Christmas in the House That Grandpa Built

  1. What a lovely tradition. And Gage is so adorable.

    My brother is going to be bringing their new baby to town the week after Christmas. She’ll be one month old.

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  2. Wow … what a big family you have! I’m glad that Gage gets to have his own special moment as the new baby though!

    And enjoy it now while you don’t really have to do anything for Christmas … that will end soon enough!

    1. I know I’m feeling a little guilty about the few gifts we bought for Gage. I think just watching the lights on the Christmas tree will be his favorite activity this year :)

  3. Wow, what a lovely family! It is so awesome to get together like this and Ilove traditions like these :)

    That is absolutely the cutest yawn ;) Gage, I hope you have very beautiful Christmas and hundred’s more… May you have love, happiness and hope your mom graces us with your pic always!!

    And these wishes are also for you and your family :)

    1. We’re a little between generations. The oldest great-grandson is just now old enough to start a family of his own, although we hope he’ll wait a few more years.

  4. All that cheek pinching will wear a little guy out I am sure!

    I have large extended families myself – though they live very far away and I don’t get to see them often. But a cousin just got engaged last week so I am hoping a trip to San Diego for a wedding is happening soon!!! Gage is very blessed to have so many loved ones to visit with.

    1. It’s hard being far from family. We moved back to Ohio ten years ago in anticipation of starting a family and wanting to be within easy driving distance. If not for that we might still be in DC.
      A San Diego wedding sounds wonderful. I hope to visit there someday.

  5. That is just the cutest photo of little Gage. For us Christmas is all about family and it’s extra special when you have wonderful memories to treasure like yours.

    Have a beautiful first Christmas with Gage :)

  6. Hi Stacy!

    Gage is so precious! I love that little yawn. I bet he was exhausted with all the love and attention that was given to him. Of course, it doesn’t take much to tire a 2-month-old.

    It’s wonderful that you have such a large extended family that is so loving.

    Blessings of peace and joy to you this Christmas! It will be so sweet with your new baby.


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