Home for Christmas

Our Christmas Eve traditions changed a lot this year. Long story short, Mini asked just enough of the right questions to tell us she was ready to hear about Santa. I was not prepared for this day to come so soon, let me tell you. 

But what we started was a pretty cool tradition. When we came home from the Christmas Eve service, we gave the kids one present to open that night – new pajamas, a Christmas movie, popcorn, and a box of candy. They were so surprised! We stayed up late for both movies. We flipped a coin and watched Mini’s Barbie movie first, then Max’s. Believe it or not, he was SO excited to get a Veggie Tales dvd. This one has Si Robertson in it, and he thought it was down right hilarious. (It was good – one of the best Veggie Tales. I loved it.)


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It was so hard for them to go to sleep that night, of course. And Mini was up in the middle of the night because she was coming down with a cold, so that was, in a word, horrible.

But on Christmas morning we all slept in until 9:30. 

The kids still hurried down the stairs, and they were genuinely excited about and willing to wait for the grand opening of presents (of course they were, who was I kidding?). First, Mike read the story from Luke 2, then we calmly started unwrapping our gifts.


Uh-huh. Calmly. Max gave her those pom poms (spent with Awana bucks from the Awana store) and he had already failed to keep them a secret, but as you can see, it didn’t matter. Her enthusiasm for a pair of dollar store pom poms was impressive (and kinda startling). And that’s with having a cold.

Here are some more pics of our morning and afternoon. Such a fun Christmas!

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