We had a wonderful, quiet Christmas at home this year. The only thing that could have made it better was a little snow!
Both Caleb and Noah had been working like crazy during the holiday shopping season, and Caleb even worked all day Christmas Eve. Finally, at about sundown, everyone was home and ready to begin our celebration.
We don't open our presents until Christmas morning, but everyone loves to shake the gifts and try to figure out my system. I do not put names on the presents, just a code that changes every year. I believe this year it had to do with their social security numbers. Our tree is not real, but every year several people think that it is. I think that's because it doesn't look too perfect to be real. In truth, it is barely holding together! We make sure the missing parts are in the back.
We have our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve. Ham is a favorite. Judging from the picture below, it looks like the menu was just ham and cranberry sauce.
After dinner, we played our traditonal game of Settlers of Catan.
Then we made our ritual picture with our stockings:
Then we headed to church for the 11:00 PM candelight service. I just love the lights and the carols:
Photo credits to Rebecca of Thousand Word Photography.