Well, good morning!! It looks like all of our Christmas celebrating has come to and end now and it’s time to get back to our more normal routines. We had a lot of fun while it lasted, though! I had originally planned to take this entire week off blogging, but couldn’t pass up sharing all the good times (and cuteness!) the last five days brought us in our family’s Christmas fun. I hope you and yours had a wonderful time as well, no matter what you were doing.
Day 1: Sunday
Our Christmas kicked off with a bright and early visit to church for the annual Christmas service.
As always, it was quite the production. We heard a beautiful message from Andy Stanley about the Christmas story and how Christ’s birth has impacted people today, no matter their beliefs. We sung many favorite Christmas songs. And, had some fun with it too.
One of the many things I love about our church is they like to have fun. If you’re in the mood for a good laugh, then you need to check out this Christmas carol they created using kids’ answers to questions about Christmas for the lyrics. It’s hilarious!
Sunday finished out with a day at Peter’s parents’ house to celebrate Christmas with everyone there. Turns out I was too in the moment to get any pictures there, but I’m sure you can picture it – a family meal, presents, lots of talking and laughter.
Day 2: Monday
The bake fest! The past few years Peter and I have started a tradition with the kids of baking large amounts of various Christmas cookies and treats to package up as presents for my family. Everyone else there does a money and alcohol exchange pretty much as their gift giving, so we thought we would sweeten up the deal a bit. Or a lot.
A full day of baking and a lot of exhaustion later, we had nine large containers full of eight types of treats. A job well done, I would say.
Day 3: Tuesday (Christmas Eve)
We finished up some last minute details, before my parents and uncle came to spend the afternoon and evening with us. We watched Elf, had our traditional white chicken chili dinner, and let the kids open their Christmas Eve gifts – their Christmas pajamas and a new special ornament for the tree.
Once the two cuties finally fell asleep, we got to work on Santa presents. And would you believe we didn’t have AAA batteries for the main gift Braedon asked for from Santa?! He wanted this light up penguin Pillow Pet thing so badly and no batteries. So, I headed out to Walgreens at 10 pm where there was quite the interesting crowd of folks for batteries. But wouldn’t you know it? The batteries weren’t even the issue. It still didn’t turn on and was just not working. No penguin for Braedon. We figured something out instead for him, but I hate he didn’t get the one special thing he asked to get.
Day 4: Wednesday (Christmas)
I’m sure you can figure out how this day goes. Kids wake up before 5 am. Peter and I spend two hours telling them to go back to sleep and trying to keep them in their rooms while we wait for the more reasonable hour of seven to have family get up and for my sister and her husband to arrive. Then, and only then, can we see what Santa brought and do presents.
I love that they are both so into it this year! It was so much fun. Of course, Nana completely spoiled them rotten with all the presents they got. I think they will be set for many hours of playing (hopefully) for at least the next few days. Ha!
After presents, we had a quick Christmas breakfast of cinnamon rolls, eggs, and sausage before all packing up to go to my G-Pa’s house for Christmas with all my aunts, uncles, and cousins.
More of the same Christmas fun there – Christmas dinner, presents, and a whole lot of catching up.Then turn around and head home to CRASH. Exhausted but perfectly happy. Thank goodness for a drama free year! I’m sure some of you know what I mean.
Day 5: Thursday
We extended Christmas a bit this year. Every year we go to Stone Mountain Park Christmas with the kids. This year, we included Snow Mountain as well. Well, we were supposed to go last weekend. But the kids were sick. And it rained all weekend. So, we rescheduled for yesterday. It ended up being the perfect day! Highs in the low 50s and sunny.
I say that’s the way to play in the snow!
Yep. We got to play in the snow! Stone Mountain Park covers their large lawn where they hold their summer laser and fireworks show with butt loads (official term) of snow from December through February. They create this huge snow play area for building snowmen and having snowball fights, plus a bunch of long lanes to tube down. You can kind of see them in this picture we got from the sky bucket.
We had a BLAST! The tubing was SO much fun. We did 3-4 times back to back because we couldn’t get enough. The kids loved, loved, loved being out in the snow, if you couldn’t tell by the smiles above.
We had to peel ourselves away, though, to make sure we had enough time for all the other things to do and see. We took the Sky Ride bucket to the top of the mountain to enjoy the views first.
Then, headed in to the Christmas town literally covered in Christmas lights to watch a few Christmas shows, do the Polar Express 4D Experience, watch the Christmas parade, and ride the special Sing-A-Long Train around the mountain.
It was a full day, but one of my absolute favorite family traditions. I think next year we may break it up into two days to have more time for everything. I already can’t wait!
So…there’s our Christmas days in (somewhat of) a nutshell. Now, you tell me….how was yours?!