Everything was perfect. A very merry Christmas, indeed!
We started with our traditional Christmas Eve spread.
After dinner we went for a drive to see some lights. The "blue house" draws such a crowd that they added a food bank collection box in front of their blinding display. The kids each took a can to contribute.
These pictures can't even begin to capture just how obnoxious this house is. Puts the Griswolds to shame. Their poor neighbors. But it's fun to drive by.
When we got home, we played "The Night Before Christmas" game and everyone was excited to open their gifts to find a movie ticket to "The Tale of Despereaux" for Christmas Day.
Then we did our traditional read and sing nativity. The kids took turns reading the scriptures and sang all the carols loud and clear.
Next on the schedule was watching "Joy to the World" followed by opening one gift from under the tree. We ended our night with watching the Little Drummer Boy. And eating lots more cookies.
Santa brought all sorts of goodies while we slept. Caleb got his new NCAA Wii game, which could not be more perfect for him. Alyssa was thrilled with an Easy Bake Oven and Natalie was spoiled with a slew of "baby stuff."
We ate a yummy Christmas breakfast before breaking into the rest of the gifts.
Jon was so happy with his Guitar Hero surprise from Mom and Dad. He's really good.
We finished cleaning up the mess of wrapping paper just in time to shower and dress for our early afternoon movie.
It was a cute story with a good message. And we filled up on lots of buttery popcorn.
We ended our evening with a traditional Christmas dinner.
The following day, Mom and I braved the mall to help the girls experience the Build-a-Bear gift she had given them.
They had a great time but all that Christmas excitement had finally caught up with them.
I know the feeling. Putting on Christmas is a whole lotta work!
But other than the rather large car-breaking blemish, Christmas was wonderful in every way.