Five Days of Christmas

by tinareale on December 27, 2013

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.

north point christmas

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.

cookie baking

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.

christmas eve

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.

Holiday Collage

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!

Snow Collage

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.

snow mountain tubing

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.

stone moutnain sky ride

top of stone mountain

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.

train ride

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?!

{ 13 comments }

1 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) December 27, 2013 at 7:57 am

How fun!! My nieces and nephews all went to Snow Mountain the day before we went to go visit them. I was so bummed because I wanted to go too :) Looks awesome!

2 Linz @ Itz Linz December 27, 2013 at 8:02 am

great pictures of your family! glad you had a nice christmas! :)

3 Stephanie @ My Freckled Life December 27, 2013 at 9:24 am

Looks like an awesome Christmas week! I’ve never been to Snow Mountain before, but all my husband’s family is from GA and talk about it all the time. I definitely need to get down there to check it out one of these years – it looks like so much fun for the kids and adults!

4 Shel@PeachyPalate December 27, 2013 at 9:49 am

Wow that snow park looks like so much fun!!! Great pics!!!!

5 Caroline December 27, 2013 at 10:19 am

YAY for no christmas drama! That’s always a very very good thing :) Having a place to play in the snow when it’s warmer outside sounds like a really good deal!

6 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries December 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Love all the photos – especially that very last one of you four! What a fun week!

7 Lisa Jordan December 27, 2013 at 1:42 pm

I had so much fun spending Christmas time with all of you. I love you all. By the way, Nana’s are supposed to spoil their grandkids!♥♡

8 kristen @ livinlifeinlouie December 27, 2013 at 2:38 pm

what a great week to celebrate the holidays! I unfortunately worked a lot this week, but I still was able to see family and friends

9 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama December 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Looks like a fun and full 5 days! That’s the way to do it.

10 Dominique @ Eat, Pray, Lift December 27, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Such a beautiful family, great photos! Also, I did not realize you went to Andy Stanley’s church!! North Point, right? I remember watching the videos of his “Love, Sex, and Dating” series last spring and it really challenged me in a great way.

We had a wonderful Christmas with the usual warm (high 60s) December-in-CA weather. :)

11 tinareale December 28, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Aw, thanks!!! We had a lot of fun last week.

And yep – we go to North Point. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! His messages are always so spot on and life applicable, plus I just love the focus on a relationship with Christ that they have there.

Glad you’ve enjoyed a great Christmas too!

12 Jolene December 30, 2013 at 8:43 am

Your 5 days of Christmas look fabulous friend! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed mine too, and a slower pace this year, which I am embracing so much! Merry Christmas (Belated) friend!

13 Coco (@Got2Run4Me) January 1, 2014 at 6:33 pm

What a fantastic holiday! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

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