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Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve Traditions..............

Well every Christmas Eve the kids get to open one present as with many families its PJ's! So Nana passed out the bags of PJ's to the kids and little items to the rest of us. The kids all got some pj's for Christmas morning. Then the kids all went and changed into the set they wanted to wear for Christmas and came back down and every year on Christmas Eve we read The Christmas Candle which is a great story about a lesson of a man who thinks he is above everyone, and he is shown his family in different eyes as if he didn't exist. Basically, the story is a great reminder of how we should treat others and love our families and be grateful for the blessings in our lives. Well this year it was Sami's turn to read. So we always sit and listen to the reader of the book every Christmas Eve because the book is based on Christmas Eve events. Once the book was read, the kids wrote Santa a letter and laid out a plate of cookies and carrots and apples and milk for Santa and his reindeer and headed off to bed. Of course Sami and Ethan wouldn't go to sleep and Dad remembered when Sami was 1 year old and we visited Alaska for the first time with her she would sit on Dad's lap and bring book after book to him and make him read to her. So Dad wanted a photo of her sitting on his lap now so he has both photos of her on his lap reading a book. It was very sweet! Needless to say I started going through old photo albums to find that picture and found it so Dad could have it with this picture to put in a side by side frame for him. Now we wait for all the kids to go to sleep and bring out Santa gifts and get things set up for morning and stuffing stockings etc.... and we can try to get some sleep. I got a feeling we are going to have to Call Nana and Papaw to come a bit earlier, but will try to hold the kids off till 8am till Nana and Papaw get back to the house for Christmas Morning. Christmas Dinner menu was decided this year by Papaw who said its Prime Rib and Crab legs! YUM!!!! Can't wait. I have been horribly sick but came down stairs to watch It's a Wonderful Life and do Christmas Eve Traditions with everyone and come back to bed and rest up for Christmas Day! Will post more pictures of Christmas Morning and Day and post them soon, but till then We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas From our House to Yours!
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