Christopher's First Christmas

posted Dec 29, 2011, 11:53 AM by Stephen Zenter
It is hard to believe that Christmas has already come and gone this year.  We are still getting settled back in at home following a trip to Shreveport to celebrate Christopher’s first Christmas.  And what a Christmas it was!  Although he does not understand what Christmas is about or why he received new toys and clothes, Christopher clearly enjoyed his time with family.  His wide smiles, contagious laughter, and constant romping around kept us entertained last weekend.
Let's rewind back to a few weeks ago.  We were able to get down to the Festival of Lights in Dickinson, which is just a few miles away.  In one of the parks, thousands of lights twinkle in the dark.  Christopher was mesmerized and really enjoyed walking through the tunnels of lights with Mommy.  This was also Christopher's first visit with hte big man in the red coat.  He was a little tired by the time we got to see him, but I'm pretty sure he told Santa that he only wanted some toys for Christmas.


Sara, Christopher, and I exchanged our gifts last Thursday evening before leaving town on Friday.  We made sure to open them early enough so he could enjoy playing with his new music table and light-and-sound book before going to bed.  He quickly learned to push buttons then watch the lights and dance to the music.  He was having so much fun that – for the first time ever – we had trouble convincing him to start bath time.  Sara received a canvas print of Christopher along with a certificate for a massage and a pillow with Astro’s likeness on it (thanks to our friend Helen’s handiwork at Cloth and Ink).  I am now the proud owner of some new shoes, a couple of wrench sets, and a flying spaceman!


The Friday before Christmas we headed into Shreveport and were able to spend some time with our friends, Jonathan and Amanda, and their little girl, Emma.  We only get to see them a few times a year, so we definitely enjoyed the visit and can’t wait to meet little Elizabeth.  On Christmas Eve we attended Mass with the Zenters and then headed back to the Bass house to have dinner and open presents with Gran, Pop, Uncle Derek, Aunt Andrea, and cousin Cadence.  The baby cousins enjoyed opening their gifts, and Christopher really enjoyed playing in all of the wrapping paper!  He quickly made friends with his new puppy that sings to him.  In fact, he crawled over to me and kept trying to take it out of my hands while I attempted to get it out of the box. 
On Christmas morning we headed over to Zennie and Pop’s house for our traditional breakfast.  Cousin Eddie even came by after he finished emptying his RV toilet into Clark’s sewer.  We opened gifts there with the grandparents, Uncle Eric, Aunt Julie, and cousin Benjamin.  Christopher got some much-needed clothes (He is already out-growing his 9-month clothes) and... you guessed it... more toys!  The rest of our Christmas day was filled with much more family time, more food (Mmmm, Lebanese food!) and more unwrapping of toys.

On Monday morning we were able to meet up with our friend Chanel and her fiancé, Matt, for breakfast at one of our favorite Shreveport eateries.  After a nice visit with friends, we were ready to load up and get back on the road to Houston.  While we enjoyed seeing the family and spending the holiday with them, we could not wait to get back home – travelling with a 9-month old can be exhausting!  You can see all of our Christmas pics in this album.