May this Christmas season bring a sense of joy, hope, and promise to you and your loved ones!
Christmas Eve ~
The best decision I made this year was to say NO to the Christmas pageant and the children's Christmas Eve mass. It ended up taking a chunk of stress out of our already stressful season.
On Christmas Eve morning, David and Miss Ester made yummy homemade cinnamon rolls. They were a delicious way to start our day!
Each year, the kids have a gift exchange amongst themselves, and they open their gifts every Christmas Eve morning.
It was a different Advent....no Christmas baking, no letters mailed to the North Pole. The kids didn't complain, but gosh, it bothered me. So we (made an appointment) took the kids to see Santa Claus on Christmas Eve morning.
David said he could have stayed there all day to watch the terrified reactions of little ones as they were placed on Santa's lap. There were some definite Oscar winners, poor kiddos!
Miss Clementine and Stan the man did a fabulous job being brave ;)
Afterward, we dropped the older girls off at the horse stables and went home to relax a bit.
(Playing play dough and watching Polar Express.)
In the afternoon, we went to a Christmas Eve party at our friends' house. So! Much! Fun! (Traditional Italian Christmas Eve party...all seafood.)
Back at home, I had a pot of homemade vegetable beef soup on the stove with some rolls. I had also ordered this adorable (and delicious) Santa Claus cake for dessert...
We were so full from the party earlier on, we saved the big guy for Christmas day :)
Miss Mabel told Stan that if they hung the 'Key to the House', Santa would be able to use the front door instead of getting his bum burned in the fireplace.
(Grammy sent us this key many moons ago ;)
After the kids were in bed, Santa arrived and filled the stockings...
Gift wrapping was made easy on Santa this year by using brown paper, red ribbon, and gold Sharpie markers. (I think he may have found that idea on pinterest ;)
Christmas Day ~
After a fun morning of opening gifts and then heading out the door to 10:00am Mass, we just lounged around playing with new toys and gadgets before feasting on a fabulous Christmas dinner.
I took few photos on Christmas day. I just wanted to be in the moment soaking it all up.
It was a glorious day, and we look forward to the Christmas season.
From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!
~ Patty ~