|My favorite Christmas decorations: Stockings and a Jim Shore Nativity set|
|Who doesn't love a little boy in a bow tie?|
Not only were presents wrapped and ready to go for our Christmas Eve celebration at my SIL's house, but presents for our kids were wrapped and ready to go for Christmas. This was the first Christmas Eve where we didn't have a ton of wrapping to do and we were in bed before midnight! Christmas Eve was lovely. It was an annual tradition held by my husband's great-aunt. My sister-in-law picked up the tradition several years ago with a midday open house and it's been lovely. The cousins exchange gifts, the adults participate in a Yankee gift exchange, potluck/buffet is served, and we enjoy spending time together. Christmas is a lot less overwhelming and this affords my family the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with my husband's family and then to spend time with my family on Christmas day. It's a great compromise.
|Mr. Bananas and Grandma|
|Annual Christmas picture at my SIL's House|
Hubby and I still had a few presents to wrap, but nothing like the usual last-minute pile from years past. We managed to write Santa a note from the kids, set out his "provisions" per Boogie's instructions, admire the lights on the tree, and head to bed.
|Ready for the kids!|
The kids loved opening their stocking stuffers and checking out a few gifts under the tree. The kids enjoyed opening their sibling gifts and gifts from family friends. We took a break for breakfast and went back to presents. The kids had fun playing with their new toys and Hubby and I finally had a chance to open our presents. I received pajamas that fit. It was on my list. I'm happy to say that I am wearing a size smaller and all my old jammies were falling off. It's nice to walk around the house without holding up my pajama bottoms with one hand. HA! And as running has become one of my favorite pastimes, Hubby gifted me with a new pair of running shoes. The way to my heart is through my feet :) I surprised Hubby with a handmade scarf in Packer colors and I am pleased that he told me it's his favorite gift. I enjoyed making it for him and finished it just 2 days before Christmas.
|O Come Let Us Adore Him!|
|LOVE Boogie's excitement|
While celebrations were dampened by the loss of a family member, we were able to appreciate the time we have together.
I pray that you have a peaceful and happy Christmas. We are still celebrating Christmas for the next 11 days and reveling in the gift that is Jesus! Merry Christmas!
|Super Blurry, but you can't still see their excitement|
|New Books found in his stocking|
|New dollhouse with furniture|
|Enjoying his sibling gift, "Lionel"|
|My Side of the Family|
|My Filipino Relatives|