I loved this Christmas.
Here's some highlights:
Christmas Eve was busy with preparations so I didn't have to do a darn thing on Christmas day. I set the table for Christmas Eve dinner before church so it was all ready. This year, I set each place with the last week of ornaments from our Jesse Tree.
So after dinner I read the Nativity story and the kids put the ornaments on our Jesse Tree.
We did it by candle light. It was lovely.
Some of our traditions are: Christmas Eve service, a yummy Christmas morning breakfast, Christmas day with family, and new jammies.
We did all that again this year, minus the family part. But we did Skype with them, which was SO fun! we loved that!
Christmas morning is what they've all been waiting for...when the paper and craziness really happens. Here's a few snaps...
She's eating chocolate. It's like 8am. She doesn't think we know what she's doing. Oh my gosh, I was laughing so hard. Every once in a while she'd pop her head up with chocolate all over her teeth...kinda gross, kinda cute :)
The Crayon Maker from Santa rocked! And so did Jenga! And by the way, she wore that crown ALL day. I don't know how her head didn't hurt!
Here's a little video I made of us on Christmas Day, just to show you how laid back it really was. At one point during the day I was like, "oh my gosh! everyone is quietly doing different things...this is amazingly quiet. i must document!" so I did.
Jarrod is putting together a dresser I got him from IKEA. He loves it.
Noah is building a giant roller coaster from KNEX.
Sophia got her FIRST Barbies for Christmas, so she's all about the Barbies.
And Jack is playing DS.
Oh. And I'm recording the activities, looking more tired than I really am :)
(music is Joy to the World by Sufjan Stevens)
By the way: I love this week. It's like the pep rally before the new year's goals and plans.
This week I'm taking Christmas down, writing out a few goals for 2012, planning my winter etsy line, planning school for this semester, and filling in my new planner...how bout you? Are you ready for the new year??