I woke up with Noah..and went upstairs to find Ava and Christian in the living room. We went into Mom & Dad's room...and it didn't take too long for more members to wake up and discover that's where everyone was. Good morning and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Merry Christmas Noah Bear :)
After breakfast, Santa came by and dropped off just enough presents for the grandchildren...
he sure knows how to spoil them :)
Then we opened up presents from each other....
lots of goodies.
We ate a very filling dinner, and a few necessary naps were taken by a couple boys.
Meanwhile, we played more games.
After naps, we proceeded downstairs to where we had a "live" nativity.
Here you will notice one of the wiseman...slightly creepy looking, but this picture makes me laugh everytime!
Two of the cutest sheep you will ever see...
and this is "baby Jesus's" backside...
What a happy donkey, with Mary & Joseph and a sleeping baby Jesus...
The sheep are cut off in this finale...but you get the idea.
Then we opened up presents from Mom and Dad downstairs.
These four were opening up their new cowboy boots!
This picture just made me smile...as if opening presents is a serious event. I guess they were just waiting in suspense to see what was inside!
Christian got started right away playing with one of his gifts...
the marble run.
Afterwards, we had another fun activity involving yarn...everyone had an assigned color and you had to follow your piece to the end...where a gift awaited you! Then, we did THE PICKLE. A tradition started several years ago, hiding a pickle ornament in the tree. I actually found it first this year...a true first. But Mom is too nice, and she gives us all an extra present when we're all done finding it.
Christian "finding" the pickle...in his boots that he did NOT take off the entire rest of the day.
Carissa helped make a gingerbread village with the kids...lots of little grabby fingers getting into the candy!
More games in the evening....and of course there was a constant flow of food whenever and pretty much whatever!
Playing Head Banz with everyone
We stayed the night again...and in the morning Noah was sharing his smiles with his daddy...they are just so sweet. Melts my heart every time!
What a wonderful Christmas celebration.
We are so blessed to have family to spend this time with...celebrating the birth of Jesus together.