I grew up watching The Muppet Christmas Carol and it's a tradition I must continue! :) I've tried doing it on Christmas Eve but there never seems to be enough time and I tossed around the idea of watching it the day after Thanksgiving as a kick off to the Christmas season but totally forgot about it when the time came. This year I think we found the tradition that will stick. Brennan made delicious homemade cinnamon rolls and we ate them while watching the movie on the morning of Christmas Eve. I really enjoyed it.
We headed to my parents' house for the evening. We ate dinner, read the scriptures and sang carols.
Emry was cute.
And Declan fell asleep during it all. And he was out. Brennan got a real kick out of laying him all sorts of places.
We headed home to get ready for Santa. We didn't have too much work to do this year, which was nice. My dad built this great train table for Declan and we got him a couple little wooden train sets to use on it. Tatum asked for an American Girl doll but we thought she was a little young for such an expensive doll so she got Target's knock off version. She was perfectly thrilled.
Christmas morning! Is there a better day?! I just love watching the kids' excitement and enthusiasm.
This was our first Christmas morning with just our little family. It was certainly different but calm and quiet. There weren't a lot of gifts to open so the kids got to take their time playing with each thing. Not as much time as they could have though, since we had to get to Church. In fact, I failed to mention that we had to wake them up! They aren't old enough for their excitement to get them up early. And we were headed back to grandma and papa's right after Church so we wanted time to open everything.
Playing Hot Potato. It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Did he seriously jam his finger on a plush potato?! This kid gets hurt all. the. time.
With the present opening done we got the kids ready for Church and headed to Mt. Vernon. We even made it there early to hear my mom play her harp for prelude!
We got out of Church much faster than my parents so we tried to get a Christmas photo as a whole family while we waited for them to get home. I'll spare you looking at all the pictures we took, but I have to include some because our struggle is just too funny.
First we tried to get the camera set up at the right angle so we could just use the timer. Unfortunately that was quite difficult and the lighting was bad and our camera's flash is having problems cooperating.
Not obvious at all right?! :)
Brennan's next idea was just an easy family selfie. Only by now, Scrooge had reappeared. You may be thinking that you can't blame the kid since apparently his parents were determined to torture him on Christmas of all days by taking a million pictures. But I promise you, this all happened in a matter just a few minutes.
I'm in the middle of some effort to get Declan to smile.
Brennan joined me, but you can see Tatum was our steady smile through it all. :)
Finally a smile but his eyes are closed!
Eyes open and a smile, but blurry. We'll take it! And in walked my parents.
And we got this! :) Success! Or at least our version of it. Sorry for the over abundance of pictures of us doing the exact same pose over and over and over again. It's just kind of amusing what can go on to get one semi-decent picture of a family. And I want to remember the craziness that sometimes goes undocumented.
We had cousins come in town just a couple days later so the fun (and exhaustion) didn't end here. We really did have a wonderful Christmas and we hope all of you, our friends and family, did too!