Christmas eve and Christmas day

Christmas Eve

Like many families, we have a tradition of opening a gift of Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve. We also open one more gift. Not sure how that tradition got started, but it’s one we have.

Christmas jams

Christmas jams

Christmas jams

There always seems to be a kitty available for playing with bows and ribbons.

intrigued by a bit of ribbon

Then it was time to watch A Muppet Christmas Carol. Another family tradition for Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve

After the movie, I made a spinach and cheese strata for Christmas morning. Fresh spinach and Gruyère cheese! Sooo good!

Spinach gruyere strata

Christmas Day was long but fun. DH was, of course, the first one up. He got a lot done before anyone else stirred. After a breakfast of warm strata, we spent the morning getting ready for our older son and his family to come for Christmas.

spinach and Gruyere strata

Fuzzy blanket, cup of coffee and toffee bar crunch biscotti…almost ready for opening presents! BTW, how do you like our spray painted folding chairs? Red ones and green ones. :)

fuzzy blanket, coffee and biscotti...ready for opening presents

After everyone settled in, DH read the account of the first Christmas from Luke 2:1-20.

reading about the first Christmas

Ready to open stockings!

cozy Christmas morning

stockings!

Christmas morning

Christmas morning

Christmas morning

The twins’ favorite gifts were their bicycles.

new bicycle

practicing braking

Other faves…

this will go right up on her wall

Pa’s new light-weight ladder…

they love Pa's new light-weight ladder

We took a break from the gifting and had our dinner…finger foods and appetizers. Yummy and easy!

finger food for dinner

puzzles!

admiring the tree

snuggles

This day is one of celebration. Of family and of love, of giving and receiving, but most of all, of Christ.

nativity

May your New Year be full of Christ’s great gift of love.

~~Rhonda

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