Christmas extravaganza! It’s a long one…
We start off Christmas at our house with decorating. I LOVE Christmas decorations. Every year I get something else to add to our collection. I love Christmas decorations so much we even had a Christmas wedding. It truly is “the most wonderful time of the year!” 🙂
The kids always have their Sunday School Christmas program at church. I know they don’t seem like it in the picture, but they love it! They are always so excited to memorize their lines and have their grandparents come and watch them. It is pretty stinking cute to watch all the kids up there!
We always makes lots and lots of Christmas treats to give to family and friends. This year we didn’t bake as much. Things got busy and we ran out of time, we didn’t deliver goodies to as many as usual! The pictures above are our annual “gingerbread” houses. We ran out of time for this one too, so we did this a couple days after Christmas. We celebrate the whole month at our house! The kids love this and it has turned into a tradition at our house.
Our cookies for Santa. This was just part of our Christmas baking.
Every year I get the kids new Christmas jammies. I usually buy them in November when I am doing my other shopping and just give them to the kids to wear all season long. I figure they could usually use another pair of warm jammies anyways, so this is just an extra little tradition that we have. It is too cute for them all to wear them on Christmas morning and all match! They love their Christmas jammies!! They really get into cozy, warm jammies…they are my kids!
This year, we had a nice relaxing Christmas Eve. We made Christmas cookies, the kids were able to open their one gift from each other. It is so cute to watch them get so excited to give gifts to each other. The things they come up with are so sweet!
They were thanking each other for their gifts! Oh my heart!!!
After opening their one gift we went to Christmas Eve service at our church. Many years the time of our church doesn’t work out with family plans, so we were pretty excited this year we were able to go to our home church! We had a great candlelight service to remind us of the true meaning of the season. After church we finished off the night with driving around looking at Christmas lights! Of course, once we got home we had to set out Santa’s cookies and go straight to bed! Santa was coming and Mom and Dad of the house had a whole lot of wrapping to do! 🙂
The long awaited CHRISTMAS MORNING…
The kids giving Dad his gift. He loved it!
I’m getting a thank you hug! They are always so sweet when you shower them with gifts! lol
One of her favorite gifts…PAINT! She has been telling everyone that her paintings aren’t very colorful lately because she is all out of paint! She only had yellow left! Poor girl…she is so deprived! 😉 It didn’t hurt her to have to wait until Christmas! I think it made her appreciate them that much more!
After Christmas morning at our house. We go to Nana’s (my mom) to spend the morning/day and have breakfast and a big lunch there.
Enjoying some pretty cool gifts at Nana’s.
Later Christmas night we went to another Christmas party!! This time, Grandma’s house (Mark’s Mom) We opened gifts and had dinner there – I know, we eat a LOT on Christmas!! 🙂 The kids were once again spoiled there too!
We have so many Christmas festivities! We also have other family parties that we went to before Christmas, work party, school parties, tumbling party, Christmas cards, baking, gifts, and cooking. It gets easy to get carried away with all the “extras” and get too busy and too wrapped up in other things that we forget to relax and enjoy the Advent season and celebrate the birth of Christ. This year, I had to remind myself over and over not to worry about the little things. Not everything will get done. Just focus on the important things. I rather enjoy my family than getting that extra baking done that I was worried about! Even the oldest of the house told us over and over “Jesus is the real reason for the season” Sometimes you need a childlike faith to remind us! 🙂
We had a pretty awesome Christmas time. I think every year gets better and better!