Being the traditionalist that I am, this Christmas was pretty much like all the rest. One major difference, however, was that Grandma and Grandpa Hatch celebrated with us for the first time ever! We missed Grandma and Grandpa Seely, who celebrated with Great Grandma Burke in California, but we had a great holiday.
Grandma and Grandpa Seely arrived on Saturday to watch Alyssa compete in a practice meet. They went to church with us the next day and Grandma even sang in the choir with me. They flew to California on Monday morning.
Here is our family the Sunday before Christmas:
Grandma and Grandpa Hatch arrived on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Christmas Eve, it was time to get the festivities started. Eating crazy amounts of food is always part of celebrating Christmas. Here is our Christmas Eve spread:
Natalie requested her favorite: boneless buffalo wings.
The kids have fun with our Italian soda tradition.
Look at these happy Christmas faces:
Natalie couldn't wait to open her Christmas pajamas.
Then it was on to our Nativity program.
At 5:00 a.m., Jon startled me awake by saying, "Tara, what is that?!" As I came to, I could indeed hear "O Little Town of Bethlehem" blaring through the house. After a few seconds I recognized it to be our Nativity music that had spontaneously and inexplicably turned on. Remember the ghost in our house? This was our ghost of Christmas morning, I guess. By the time Jon could get to it to turn it off, it had moved on to "Away in a Manger."
Grandpa later said that when he heard the music, he just assumed that's how we woke the house up for Christmas morning. Oh no, Grandpa, we're sleepers at our house! We make no habit of playing music at 5:00 a.m.! We thankfully all went back to sleep--except for Grandpa--and it was at least 9:00 before the kids stirred. We had our usual Christmas breakfast and then could hold Natalie back from the presents no longer.
The Childers family gave Grandpa heads for his toothbrush. He says these replacements should last him until he dies.
Grandma got a neck massager:
Mittens from Great Grandma:
Grandma Hatch made BYU pajama pants for all of her grandkids.
I got two of the exact same puzzle. Oh I do love puzzles!
Grandpa got new belts from Sarah and then promptly took his old one off, demonstrating that it is split down the middle and he may have actually admitted that he needed a new one--something he doesn't do very often.
Caleb had asked for cash so I made him a money tree. He loved it!
We all enjoyed reading the reunion book that Lucy made for everyone:
We went to the movies and then finished our day with a traditional Christmas dinner.
Then I declared that I was officially done baking and cooking and went to work on my new Christmas puzzles.
It was a very Merry Christmas!