Christmas Eve Eve: These 3 helped me make cookies! They did most of the work, start to finish. Here are pictures of them peeling the kisses wrappers!
Christmas Eve: In the morning, we opened gifts from out of town family (Phillips, Nana and Papa, and Uncle Warren/Auntie Haley). Then, as we did last year, we had lunch at our neighbors'. Finally, Grandma and Grandpa joined us for church, dinner (Chinese take out!), and presents!
|He loves his magical Marauder's Map mug!|
|She said "I'm just going to shake this a little bit..."|
|Sibling gift exchange!|
|Obligatory picture before church for Mom!|
After church, it's tradition for the kids to change into their new jammies!
|She got a lot of great gifts. This is by far her fave!|
Ready for Christmas morning! Our gift-giving tradition with the kids is that they each receive 3 gifts from us (to represent the 3 gifts that Jesus received from the wise men)....and then smaller gifts in their stockings. This year, I "fudged" it a bit and each kiddo got 1 gift that was actually a few gifts wrapped together (all along the same theme). But for all intents and purposes, they each have 3 separate gifts under the tree. I buy 4 different wrapping papers, and they each have a small piece of "their"wrapping paper in their stocking, which is how they know which presents are theirs.
At breakfast this year, we each opened a Christmas "cracker" that Nana and Papa sent to us (British Christmas tradition!). We also traditionally have Monkey Bread and Daddy reads the Christmas story.
We hosted Christmas dinner...
|Love this...Norah and Charlotte are having a "tea party" with Cubby!|
And today was spent at home all day, in our PJs, playing with new stuff and relaxing (I managed to read an entire book!)...