It seems that no matter how much I prepare, Christmas usually never does go quite as planned. Packages that were "guaranteed" to arrive by Christmas never did get here (in fact they STILL are stuck somewhere in WA) and a Christmas Eve Hazardous weather warning kept us from making the trip to town to our friends Christmas Eve Party. However, everything worked out and it was perfect just the same.
On Christmas Eve we saw that the storm was on its way so after we finished making our Starlight Cookies, I made a quick trip to town for Papa Murphy's and a couple last minutes gifts to replace those that are still on their way... (Maybe they will arrive by Epiphany?!) I also picked up a couple movies for hubby and I. Even though we were not able to get together with all our friends, we had such a nice, peaceful, RELAXING, evening at home with our family.
After dinner the children decided they wanted to put on a nativity play for hubby and I. It was so sweet. Rascal was St. Joseph, Twinkle Toes was Mary, Chiquita was an angel, and Captain was a shepherd as well as the innkeeper.
Before bed, the children each received our traditional Christmas Eve gift of new pajamas! Of course Snuggles preferred the box to the jammies!
Snuggles eventually got tired of playing with the box and let us put his pajamas on him so we could pray the rosary before bedtime.
I had pre-wrapped most of their gifts so it didn't take long for hubby and I to place them under the tree, fill the stockings, decorate their rooms, and then eat the cookies that Rascal insisted on leaving out. ;) It was a rather quiet Christmas Eve, but I can't tell you how much we enjoyed it!!! Staying home also made it so much easier to get up and dressed for Mass in the morning. (The was weather was awful and the roads were just too icy to attempt Mass at midnight.)
As you can probably tell from the picture, by Christmas Eve our tree was not looking so good. The branches were having a hard time holding the ornaments, and for safety we only hung one strand of lights. We rarely ever get our tree before the last week of Advent, and then we usually cut it down ourselves, so it lasts well into January. At least it made it through Christmas Day, barely! Our nativity is up in a prominent place and we it will remain up for the remainder of the Christmas season... (Yes, the Wise Men are still on their way.)
To be continued... I am off to start dinner and prepare some wine. We have a nameday to celebrate!!