It was a long and wonderful Advent season. We had many early Christmas times. We were so blessed that the children got those special Christmas hugs from their Nanny and Gramps. Cowboy even got to meet his Mimi, Aunt Katie, his CA cousins and his KeeKee. What we thought would be a restful Advent season was not, instead it was filled to the brim with running, visiting, sharing, gifts, activities, and good food. We were delighted to share all of that with our families, friends and each of you.
As the shopping stores began to close on Christmas Eve we began to cook our feast. It is our family tradition to let each child pick their favorite appetizer to prepare for our meal. There are so many of us that we are always over whelmed with many different dishes to munch on. We then clean up in time to start baking the cookies for Santa. After cleaning that up we prepare for Mass. We got ready for Midnight Mass at 9:00 p.m. and enjoyed every second of it. The younger kiddos were just as tired and have no idea that it was no where near midnight. We met up with some good friends at Mass and they shared their seats with us (thank you so much.) After a few friendly hugs and pictures we headed home.
At home we grabbed a few more group shots and some more individual shots. The kiddos know how much I love to take pictures and they were all dressed up. We laughed at ourselves, each other and at everything the entire time. After changing we opened our sibling gifts and the secret Santa gifts the kiddos bought for each other. After mom and dad started to fall asleep the little ones headed off to bed. We all hoped that St. Nick would visit after everyone fell asleep.
We woke early to enjoy the generosity of our Saintly friend. We sang birthday wishes, said our morning prayers and then opened the gifts. We all found peace and quiet this Christmas. Dad found it hiding in the kitchen with the turkey, the kiddos found it in their new toys that they shared and mom found it while napping. The day ended with a huge feast. Every over the age of three helped dad to prepare it. During our Christmas toast we thanked God for all the gifts He has given us. Those gifts include each of you, our family and friends.
Another perfect day in the life that we are so blessed to live in.