Christmas Eve was spent first at Grandma Nora's house. Tradition has it that we eat a nice dinner together (ham, Broc's favorite) and then we all sit around while Grandma Nora reads us a Christmas story. I love this tradition in Broc's family.
Here's the whole gang.
Grandma Sue also joined us this year and this picture was absolutely priceless!
After Grandma Nora's we went to my families house for the Wade family traditions. Every year we make hot chocolate while making reindeer food (oatmeal, glitter and chopped up carrots) and scatter it on the front lawn and then make a plate of cookies for Santa.
At Thanksgiving we draw names in the family and make them an original homemade gift to be opened on Christmas Eve. This is one of our very favorite parts of Christmas. This year's gifts were as follows
Dad made a gun tripod to shoot from for Broc
Mom made an apron from old jeans and fabric for Lexi
Broc made headphones out of earmuffs for Brynlee
I made a journal and scarf for Mom
Ashley Made a shirt and bow tie for Mitch
Taylor made a book of Psych quotes and pictures for Michael
Michael made a Coldplay bookmark for Ashley
Mitch made a plate of cookies for Dad
Brynlee made an apron from old fabric for me
Lexi made Taylor a Christmas ornament from tin foil for Taylor
And then the children were nestled all snug in their bed...
My favorite part of Christmas this year was seeing the face on this boy when he saw his present...
I think his exact words were "WHAT THE HECK?"
My second favorite part of Christmas was when Broc gave me a "coupon for a baby" and a video camera!
After a day full of family it was time for the Christmas Nativity program at Grandma Wade's. Broc was head Wiseman this year and of course I was Narrator #2 as always.
No wonder Christmas is always my favorite time of year. We have been surrounded by Family and friends and not to mention great food for weeks.
Hoping your Christmas Holiday was as full of love as ours.