Patriot’s First Christmas

Patriot's First Christmas - Celebrating a beautiful snowy, white Christmas. Our expat baby's First Christmas in Spokane Washington at nearly 6 months old

Ever since my generation in our family started entering young adulthood, Christmas just wasn’t the same. Luckily, that changed once my sister started having children. Children have so much joy and new excitement during the holiday season! And this year, having my own little one to celebrate with made the celebrations even more fun.

I love celebrating Patriot’s “firsts” and Christmas was no exception.

Baby’s First Christmas

Patriot's First Christmas - Celebrating a beautiful snowy, white Christmas. Our expat baby's First Christmas in Spokane Washington at nearly 6 months old

Spokane Winter Wonderland

Patriot's First Christmas - Celebrating a beautiful snowy, white Christmas. Our expat baby's First Christmas in Spokane Washington at nearly 6 months old

While it wasn’t Patriot’s first time in Spokane, it was his first time in the snow! He was underdressed for spending much time outdoors (next time when he’s able to walk, we’ll definitely get him in a snow suit!) but Peter and I managed to get him out for a quick walk before getting him bundled back inside while we made a snowman, had a snowball fight, and did some sledding.

Patriot's First Christmas - Celebrating a beautiful snowy, white Christmas. Our expat baby's First Christmas in Spokane Washington at nearly 6 months old

How many babies can say their first Christmas was also a White Christmas, covered in snow?

Patriot's First Christmas - Celebrating a beautiful snowy, white Christmas. Our expat baby's First Christmas in Spokane Washington at nearly 6 months old

Family Time

Peter’s Grandma, Aunt and Uncle made the long drive from California to Washington just to spend Christmas with us! We were already thrilled to be spending Christmas with Gammy and Baba (Pete’s parent’s) so having more family, including Patriot’s great grandma with us, was so special!

Patriot's First Christmas - Celebrating a beautiful snowy, white Christmas. Our expat baby's First Christmas in Spokane Washington at nearly 6 months old

We spent most of our time hanging out by the fire, opening Christmas gifts (who could make cute Patriot wait until Christmas morning??), napping, playing with Pate, and eating tons of amazing food.

Patriot's First Christmas - Celebrating a beautiful snowy, white Christmas. Our expat baby's First Christmas in Spokane Washington at nearly 6 months old

Gammy and Baba went all out spoiling us rotten for a few days with all of our favorites including a Mexican casserole, fondue, and peremech for breakfast!

Patriot's First Christmas - Celebrating a beautiful snowy, white Christmas. Our expat baby's First Christmas in Spokane Washington at nearly 6 months old

Gifts

Patriot's First Christmas - Celebrating a beautiful snowy, white Christmas. Our expat baby's First Christmas in Spokane Washington at nearly 6 months old

Can you tell he loved this drum?

Patriot’s first Christmas gift from Mama and Daddy? Life.

Patriot's First Christmas - Celebrating a beautiful snowy, white Christmas. Our expat baby's First Christmas in Spokane Washington at nearly 6 months old

With the hustle and bustle of work, needing to find a new apartment to move to, and preparing for our trip, we skipped buying Pate any Christmas gifts. He got some thoughtful and fun gifts from our families though he loved stuffing the wrapping paper and ribbons into his mouth more than anything else!

Patriot's First Christmas - Celebrating a beautiful snowy, white Christmas. Our expat baby's First Christmas in Spokane Washington at nearly 6 months old

Patriot's First Christmas - Celebrating a beautiful snowy, white Christmas. Our expat baby's First Christmas in Spokane Washington at nearly 6 months old

His new sunnies!

Happy first Christmas, Patriot!