|Oh yeah Baby!!!|
Christmas Eve was spent prepping for the big day. I cleaned just enough to make the house look presentable for Jim's return and for Santa's arrival, but mostly I wanted to spend the day playing with the munchkins. They helped me cook, prepare the cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer.
Christmas Eve night the kids and I played with our little nativity set, while I told them the Christmas story. I read some scriptures to them about the birth of Christ. I think they're starting to understand that Christmas is about more than presents. After learning about the nativity, I read and sang carols from a little Christmas book my Grandma Stoehr gave me one year. I LOVE that thing! The kids don't know many of the carols yet, but whenever they see the musical notes on one of the pages of our Christmas book, the request that I sing that song to them. I couldn't make it through many of the songs without tearing up a bit. It was a nice moment with my own little babes.
Once a few carols were sung, the babies' teeth were brushed, and they were put in their jammies. I wrapped them each in a blanket, put them in the car, and we drove around the neighborhood looking at the Christmas lights. Some people around here went ALL OUT! There's one house who choreographed their lights to the beat of various Christmas songs that play outside. That was our favorite house this year. Every time we drove into our subdivision at night Tralee asked, "Can we go to the music house?"
Hunter fell asleep on our little drive (that was my plan!) so I tucked him under his feather comforter when we got home, but Tralee was WIRED!!! It took her until 10pm to finally conk out. She was just WAY to excited that Santa AND Daddy were coming in the same night. I asked her if she was more excited to see Daddy or see if Santa comes. She answered, "Both!"
Once Stinks finally had visions of sugarplums dancing in her head, I was able to go downstairs and wrap, wrap, and wrap some more. I even saw Santa come! Shortly after Santa's visit I heard Jim's truck pull in the driveway! CHRISTMAS WAS FINALLY HERE!!!!! I had my husband home after 15 LOOOOONG days without him. He just missed Santa's visit, but helped him finish off a few of the cookie crumbs! Jim also helped me with all the finishing touches, and we finally got to bed around 2:30am.
|Santa's cookies and milk, and carrots for the reindeer before and after. Santa even left a note for the kids!!!|
Christmas morning was magical. I mean, check out Tralee's face when she rounded the corner from coming downstairs and saw that Santa had come:
|After Santa visited. Darn it! I didn't have my camera ready when Santa was here! Maybe next year!!|
|Hunter's present from Santa was this four wheeler. So far, he's rode it once and didn't think much of it. We're hoping he warms up to it soon. Tralee, on the other hand, drives this thing around like a maniac!|
Menu For Christmas Brunch
Frozen Peaches thawed and served in their syrup
Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze
Kielbasa (served with ketchup and horseradish)
Crepes with a creme filling and raspberry sauce
Monkey Bread (or some other delish baked good.
Nana usually does cranberry bread.
My Aunt Mary also makes some little Polish Apple baked item.)
We always serve Christmas Brunch with something bubbly to drink. Here's how my meal turned out:
|Our little family before we sat down to partake of Christmas Brunch in Idaho|