The shopping is done, the festivities are pretty much ready, and it is time to start the Christmas traditions. We always make cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. Some we give to neighbors, some we eat, and the kids usually pick 2 cookies that they really like to give to Santa. I think the kids did a great job.
These are the chosen ones. Just for Santa. I hope he comes hungry.
After dinner, it is time to talk about what Christmas really means and how important the Savior is and what he has done for us. Sometimes we watch a movie, sometimes we go through a box of symbols of Christmas, this year we read the story of "The Three Trees". After we talk about the Savior, the kids get to open one present. ( They try so hard to convince us to open a second one, but of course we just stick to the one,) Now I don't know if the Pajama Elves come to your house, but every year they come to our house. Every year the kids think they are going to catch the sneaky little elves, but they never do. This year they came during dinner. Hunter must have heard something, 'cause he decided to look out the door after dinner, and what do you know?? Three boxes and in each box a pair of pajamas. Sneaky little elves. Right before the kids go to bed, I always like to read " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas". The kids then looked on Jeremy's phone to see an update of where Santa was at that time and then off to bed they went and dreamt of Sugar Plums dancing in their heads.
This year the kids woke us up really early. 5 AM. I couldn't believe it. We tried to stall until about 5:45 and then we couldn't stall anymore. We had to get up and join the kids down stairs. Now, I don't know if you know much about Alabama, but usually it doesn't snow too much. Every once in awhile some flurries, but nothing big. Who would have ever thought we would wake up to a "White Christmas". Growing up in Las Vegas, I remember I use to wish for that and my parents would say it is nice to wish, but it probably won't happen. How lucky the kids were to wake up to all this snow. It snowed all day, more in the night, and even more the next day. (Now that Christmas is over though, I think it should go away, I know longer wish for snow) The kids had so much fun in it. They haven't played in the snow since we left Virginia, so it was a real treat for them.
That is pretty much Christmas in a nutshell!
The kids had a great Christmas. They got things they asked Santa for and maybe a few things they never thought to ask Santa for. They played, played, played all day long. By the end, we were all exhausted and grateful for all the things we had and for being with each other. We even had "Roast Beast" with the neighbors. Oh, what a day!