Lit the Advent Candles Handed out a special ornament to each child...a tradition we do every Christmas Eve (something that represented their year) Will - a rugged cross (1st time at overnight summer camp & his experience w/ the Holy Spirit); Abby - a chandelier (remodeled the playroom into her Princess Palace); Ella - a musical note (started taking piano); Owen - an OU football helmet (self explanatory :-) ) CHRISTmas Morning This is how we found Abby Christmas morn...I think she was literally "dreaming of sugar plums" The walk to the manger
Will was the only one brave enough to go out in the cold to get Baby Jesus!
The Christmas room...our formal living that only gets used on this very day
One very large gift awaits our baby girl...
Will's gift to each of us was a handwritten card exhibiting his new skill...writing in Chinese
(he's taking Chinese this year)
One very happy teeny bopper got just what she was hoping for...
And so did one little dude
Time for Stockings!
And our tradition of having a coke together
(only day of the year they're allowed)
See why...they get a little crazy on the stuff!
Mimi's traditional visit
Time for Kid Gift Exchange upstairs
(got them their own "Kid Tree" this year to display all their ornaments & gifts)
Abby handmade me the most precious Gift Certificates:
They each were given a sibiling to buy for...
Ella got Will a balloon maker (which actually ended up a huge hit - you'll see why later!)
Abby got Owen a Championship Wrestling Belt...
Right up his alley!!!!!!
Ella was just counting down the minutes until we could move her new gift into her room...and she spent the rest of the day in that very spot. :-)
See what that Balloon Maker was capable of?! Balloon Hats for all!!
It truly was a beautiful day...how could it not be...it was Jesus' Birthday afterall.