Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Eve 2013

As we do every year, this Christmas Eve we attended the family friendly service at our church where the children are invited to participate in the Christmas Story.  Preston was Joseph, and Bennett was  Mary.  Following the service, we took communion and went over to Steve's parent's for our family celebration.  After everyone arrived and got changed into their pajamas, the kids began begging to open presents, so we got started.  Though there was a mountain of loot under the tree, it quickly dissipated...and we were left with several bags of wrapping paper and individual piles of gifts. 

Bennett and Maria snuggling
Pres and Sara snuggling
Bennett all smiles after opening AG doll, Saige
One of Preston's favorite gifts...a darth vader mask
The kids with Mimi and Papa
All of the cousins in their PJ's
Uncle Dan with his nieces and nephews
After all of the excitement calmed down, the kids began playing with a few of their gifts.  My parents even made it over for a cocktail after their Flemings dinner with Brian's family and the Murphys.  We did a photo with the kids and BOTH grandparents, and then headed home to put out the reindeer food and cookies for Santa.

It was about 10:30 before the kids hit the sack, and they were exhausted and ready.  Steve and I brought up the family's gifts, and after we went to sleep....Santa came!

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