Christmas Eve Traditions
We sing some carols and read Luke 2. Then the kids exchange presents with each other. John and I also give our presents. This year, John really made me feel special with his gift. It was something that I'd always wanted, but would never have asked for. All of the kids knew about it and were waiting for the moment when John gave it to me amid some really special words. It was quite romantic and wonderful!! I love that guy!!
After presents, we walk around our neighborhood to admire the lights and luminaries that our neighborhood lines all of the streets with.
The girls. Abbey's in heaven with her sisters.
Then, back at home, we have a feast of all feast! This is my favorite part!
For several years, we have had a tradition where the kids cook breakfast and bring it to us in bed. Then we go and open presents. We have chosen not to participate in Santa, so the gifts are wrapped and we take turns watching each of the kids open their gifts from me and John.
Anna is thrilled with her Orchestra section Wicked tickets.
Daniel works to open some CDs
But, his major gift (from Nana and Grandaddy and us), was a new snare drum
Abbey loved her castle
And taking on John with Hungry, Hungry Hippos
(notice my future beautician fixing my hair)
Using her new Dr's kit to check Elijah out
Elijah trying to get into his present
He loved his crash and go racetrack
My snugglebug. Both of the little kids had horrible colds with nasty coughs. Elijah cried more than he has since he came home
Then it's off to Nana and Grandaddys for a major meal, visiting with my brother and his family and more presents.
Abbey got her first set of wheels
Elijah sneaking a turn in Abbey's car
Landry and Betty
Anna trying out Nana's new chair
She loves her Grandaddy(and I think he likes her a little bit, too)
My Mama and Daddy(aka Nana and Grandaddy)
My brother, Tom, coming in from frying the turkey. (It rained all day)
Oh, how I enjoyed these two days!