Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas 2011

We started our Christmas Weekend off with tons of yummy treats. For FHE the kiddos and I made graham cracker gingerbread houses. It took a bit of planning on my part to have them pre-assembled so I wouldn't have kids waiting to decorate but they loved it! From Left to Right is Preston (with Mommy's help), Caitlyn, Ethan and Jocelyn. Lets just say they were pretty wired for an hour or two after.

I decided this year since we do breakfast casserole for Christmas morning breakfast, to do red and green cinnamon rolls for Christmas Eve breakfast. I think the kids enjoyed it even though daddy had bought some sprinkled doughnuts the day before. The rest of the day we spent making spritz cookies and sugar cookies so we could decorate them that night for Santa.

After dinner we cleaned up and colored the frosting and let the bigger kids go to town with decorating the sugar cookies. They did a great job and surprisingly made very minimal mess. Even Preston wanted to decorate a cookie with help from Daddy.

And of course we had to taste them before setting them out for Santa....
After that was all cleaned up and done we did our traditional one gift opening on Christmas Eve... its always a new set of Christmas jammies... got to love some comfy jammies to sleep in Christmas Eve. We also gave the kids a new book which we read before getting them settled down with a movie. Once the children were all snug in their beds with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads... Santa Arrived.....

Now with a 7 year old in the house who knows all about Christmas and was anxious for Santa to come we really didn't get much sleep. She was up various hours during the night to check out what was under the tree. At about 8:30am we finally caved and allowed her to get everyone up so we could make breakfast and open presents. Our family tradition has always been youngest to oldest so it was great that Santa left a few gifts open to occupy those who had to wait their turn. here are a few pics of the present unwrapping fun...

Once we cleaned up all the present carnage and breakfast mess we got our cute little selves already for Christmas Day Church. We had great talks on the true gift of Christmas, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. It was a wonderful way to end a fabulous morning. Here are some pictures of our family in their Christmas Best :)

Two very happy Grandparents surrounded by their crazy grand kids.

We hope your Christmas was just as wonderful and meaningful as ours.