Every year Christmas seems to get better and better around our house. I'm not sure if it's because we have traditions that our family has created and now after doing them for a few years we are pretty smooth about it all or if it's that the kids are getting bigger and they are really starting to enjoy all the bits and pieces but we still have littles who find and point out the magic all around us all the time. Or maybe I'm just getting older and I'm not as uptight as I used to be. Everything does not have to be perfect and that is finally sinking in for me.
Any way you go around it Christmas just keeps getting better and better.
This year on Christmas Eve we went caroling and took treats to our family and friends
then we had
|Our Traditional Christmas Eve Chinese dinner by Candlelight|
|The Christmas Mouse came and left new Christmas Jammies on Christmas Eve|
|We wrote Santa a letter and left him and his reindeer snacks|
|We read The night before Christmas. It was Kippi's turn so she picked which version to read (we have several)|
Then we snuggled up and watched a Christmas movie before bed
|after everyone was finally asleep SANTA CAME and he brought everyone a gift.|
|Kippi got a Guitar|
|Rieken a scooter|
|Kelten a keyboard (sorry no picture of him with it)|
|Tiernen- Smokey the fire truck|
Bey got a vacuum but he pretty much slept through it all and I thought I got a picture of him with it later but I guess not-Mommy fail!
This year Christmas came on a Sunday so we got up early and the kids opened Santa gifts and stockings, then we went to church and it was AMAZING! After church we came home and opened the rest of our gifts. It was nice and laid back.
Some years I feel like the Santa gift doesn't really get the attention I thought it would because we rush right into the other stuff but this year the kids had plenty of time to just savor that one gift before anything else was opened.
Other noteworthy highlights of the day...
|the epic star wars battle|
|Daddy's new Acer Tablet he got from his boss|
|Bey climbed up to the third shelf in the pantry. What your pantry isn't a hot mess like mine? Oh and I took him down before I took the picture because I'm a responsible mom but he was already looking to climb it again the turd.|
|The leather bracelets I made for the boys this year. This one is Kelten's. I love LOVE how they turned out.|
|Kippi's hair extensions that she got for her -wear- gift|
|for real GLUE on fake nails to Kippi soup from Grammy.|
We had my parents over for Christmas Dinner and to swap gifts but again I didn't get any pictures of it like I thought. BOO! Just imagine AMAZING food, good times, laughing and games. See it's like you were there.
After all was said and done I walked my parent's out to the car and when I came back inside this is what I saw...
|the tent Tiernen got from Grammy set up on the hide-a-bed and jammed full with all the boys including Daddy|
Needless to say it was a hit! the kids slept in it every night for the rest of Christmas break.
We finished Christmas off with our last Christmas movie, Mickey's Christmas Carol. It was pretty much the Christmas I have always dreamt of having it was that good.
I wish I would have taken more pictures but other then that, perfect.
|Movies before bed|