Our Christmas Eve started out with dinner with our neighbors, the Weekleys. This is now a 3 year tradition! This year we had taco soup and hot sandwiches. I will never forget 3 years ago, Scott and I were both working on Christmas Eve. When I got home, Jimmy has built a fire in our fireplace (the first since we had lived here) and Janice invited us over for dinner. It was so thoughtful, and I'm so glad that the thought has turned into a tradition!
I had tried to make our cookies for Santa before dinner, but the dough wasn't cooperating. Well, the dough didn't cooperate AT ALL, even after refrigerating it for several hours. I ended up making circles of the dough and flattening them out, then decorating them. But, Santa enjoyed them - so it was worth it! We placed 9 carrots on the plate for the reindeer (including Rudolph). The kids also spread their reindeer food over the lawn so that our house could be easily seen! Then, to bed everyone went (well, almost everyone)...
The next morning, we waited for the kids to wake us up, which was about 7:30am. They both woke us up saying, "Mama! Daddy! Wake up! Santa came!" They were so excited. Kate got what she wanted: a camera and a barbie (a veterinarian barbie none the less!), puzzles and pajamas, a book and assorted princess art. Brooks got what he wanted: a tennis raquet, tennis balls, a football, a baseball tee, pajamas, 2 books, a Wii game and assorted little things. He also got a UGA bedspread set - which he loved once he understood what it was!
Our Christmas was wonderful.
We are the most blessed family and we thank God for our blessings every day.