Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Night Before Christmas

Our Christmas Eve tradition starts at Grandma & Grandpa Abbotts home. We go for a wonderful potluck dinner of Ham, Shrimp, Potatoes, Cheeseball, Cranberry Salad, Fudge, Cashew & Peanut clusters and lots of other yummy food. We watch a slideshow made by Lucas, of everyone's photos from the whole year. Everyone looks forward to this, we laugh and this year we shed tears. We are missing the Patriarch of the family, Garth. But, he was with us in spirit and a little elf even dropped some gifts on the doorstep for Diana from him :) The kids all get in their new Christmas jammies and we take a stairs picture of them. We read the Christmas story from Luke 2and sing Christmas songs together. Then we all head home to our homes. This year was special because Grandma Abbott stayed the night at our house. She opened presents with us on Christmas morning. It was so fun to have her with us and to continue this tradition that we shared since 2 years ago. Before bed, Lucas always reads "The Night Before Christmas" to them. The kids could hardly sleep with excitement but I have to say they went to sleep faster than I have ever seen them, even Isla.


Kim Bee said...

so fun! that secret elf.....makes me shiver to think how cute and kind that was. What a great mouth was salivating reading the menu!

LEWandBEV said...

Such a great tradition to have on Christmas Eve and I love the stair pic :) I could just squeeze Isla's little face, she is just too cute!!!