My disclaimer for the majority of the Christmas photos taken....they are somewhat to really somewhat blurry (I didn't pay attention to the settings...boo)! I think you can still make out who is who though :)
On Christmas Eve we spent our morning playing with the toys Christian had opened. In the afternoon we headed over to "Grandma's house" (even though Papa lives there too..it is also known as this). We had heard that Santa might be making an appearance a day early..so we wanted to make sure we could catch him. Prior to his arrival we played bocce ball and colored the sidewalk with chalk. Not exactly typical Christmas weather, it felt more like fall.
Sure enough he did. If you notice, poor Santa's beard grew a little out of control this year...I'm not sure how he was breathing.
Christian had talked about Santa for DAYS and was so excited to say, "Santa might come. He might bring me a present." Of course when Santa made his appearance, Christian was not sure what to think.
But he sat on his lap, while he opened his red sack and distributed the toys to all the kids.
And oh BOY, he was a fan after he got his present...a skid steer (or digger..he uses the names interchangeably). It is a heavy duty piece of machinery..and Christian loves it!
We then opened up stockings...very FULL stockings :)
And then, we ate our appetizer supper. Dips, dips, more dips, little smokies, crackers (which Ben did a marvelous job of displaying...ha!), cheese, veggies, jalapeno poppers, meatballs..oh you know, just a little of EVERYTHING!
By 7:30 we were headed into the Christmas Eve service. All 13 of us sat in the row together. It was a good service. Then we came back home and the kids went to bed..and the adults opened our white elephant gifts. It was our first year of doing this..new/gently used items..there were some real gems to be had. Luckily the women picked separately from the men.
Then the evening somehow progressed into a conversation about food games. Who knows how...but that was the start of ALOT of laughter...
I will have to get the picture and possibly the video of the chubby bunny boys.
This is the saltine challenge, which basically just ended in a total cracker crumb disaster. Can you see the debris? Oh and the guy on the left...it is Mitchell..who knows why he felt the need to put on a nasty wig and headband for Christmas? I guess because he's Mitchell.
We all stayed the night at Mom and Dad's. And started the day off with a yummy breakfast of egg casserole, coffee cake, Christmas rolls, and fruit...probably more..but I can't thiink. There was a steady flow of food the entire time!
We then all participated in acting out the Christmas story with costumes and all.
And then we opened gifts.
Christian was a very gracious receiver..."Oh thank you. Oh THANK YOU." Even when it wasn't his, he was still ready to thank somebody. We were all spoiled!!
His new tractor set...oh boy. And that picture is taken with my NEW lens (even though it does not prove its glory...due to the wrong setting on the camera). Now that's an OH BOY!!
I'll just be taking more pictures...getting used to it!!
Then the three of us left for dinner/afternoon to have Christmas in Harper with the extended Hershberger family.