We started Christmas Eve morning with a little gingerbread house making.... each kid got to decorate one side of the house. They made quite a lovely creation :) Don't mind the jammies and bed head... we might have looked like this for about three days in a row due to being sick :)
For the first time since having kids we actually made it to Christmas Eve service. It was such a cool service and very different from years past. The drama team reenacted highlights of the story and ended at the start of Luke. Such a cool perspective.... thinking about all that led up to Christ's birth. Then they ended with just one song, Oh Holy Night... my absolute favorite Christmas song... packed so full of meaning.
|All dressed up and on our way to church|
We picked up Chinese Food on the way home (definitely a first for Christmas Eve), then sang Happy Birthday to Jesus with our kids and ate the cupcakes we had made for His birthday party. They really got it this year, and were oh so excited to do that. It was cool.
We let them open one gift, which almost didn't happen after a certain little boy snuck three presents into his room that morning and opened them, but a little grace was given and he got to open another one in spite. They were quite thrilled to receive Dream Lights... something they'd been asking for since this summer.
Christmas morning we waited until 9:20 for Alayna to wake up (due to being up in her bed until nearly 10:30 from excitement and eating a cupcake at bedtime), and then eagerly dove into our presents. It was so much fun just being at home together and having the kids really enjoy opening each gift and playing with it. My mom and my brother came around 11:00 and we continued with the gifts. We enjoyed a yummy Christmas dinner (it was my first time ever making it), and ended the day watching A Christmas Story (which we hadn't seen in years).
Oh how I LOVE this candid picture of Ethan playing with his remote control truck. He was so excited to receive this gift.
Not sure why, but he has a recent fascination with Spiderman. I don't blame him I guess, to be honest Spiderman is my favorite superhero too ;)
Another fun gift, an Erector set... hours of fun :)
Watching Alayna ride her new big girl bike from uncle Jerrod for the first time was probably one of my favorite parts of the day. She was seriously precious.
The only picture of all four of us from the entire holiday, and it's not a great one :)
It was a very relaxing and enjoyable day. I must say, Christmas through my kids eyes is so very fun. It's such a fun holiday with little ones. Christmas through a grateful and awe-struck heart is even more amazing. The two combined are just perfect, and that is what this year was. Despite the illness and being at home more than we had planned on, it was a wonderfully blessed holiday. The time at home was so good for us after a VERY busy few months leading up to December. My heart is full.