spreading out Christmas for days

by debi9kids on December 26, 2012

This year, Russ’ parents traveled up from North Carolina to visit with us before Christmas. It’s been a long time since we have seen them, so we took every last moment with had to make the most of the time and began our holiday celebrating early.
The kids were in heaven :)
(and if I can be honest, I had a pretty good time too.
I love baking and having my mother-in-law, also a baker, in the house was just lovely.)Dec 20 baking with grandma Dec 20 playing games with grandma and grandpa Dec 21 early christmas with gma and gpa

It was just a few short days with my inlaws before they left for NJ to spend time with my brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and their children for Christmas and so we just decided to continue the holiday festivities as a family over the weekend.

Dec 22 gingerbread housesAnd by the time Christmas Eve arrived, the kids were all whipped up into a full-on frenzy and we celebrated our typical traditions:
a big dinner, family photos, cookies for Santa, and watching It’s a Wonderful Life together before sending the kids off to bed.Dec 24 its snowingDec 24 snow on christmas eveDec 24 portraitsDec 24 kids together

Christmas morning Russ and I woke the kids super early. He was scheduled to work at 11am and in order for him to get to see the kids open presents it needed to be done before 9am.
They came down the stairs sleepily but that quickly turned to excitement when they spotted all the presents under the tree and then the chaos started (and my OCD kicked into overdrive ;) )Dec 25 Present time

Everyone was happy with their gifts, Russ got to witness it all and then he had to leave and the kids just remained excited and happy for the rest of the day, carrying me along for the ride ;) Dec 25 Emma and KeithDec 25 my sweet boy
My parents, youngest siblings, brother Jason and his wife Yesenia all came over to have a yummy Christmas dinner of ham and pineapple stuffing and we spent hours just sitting around the table laughing and telling old silly stories.
It was wonderful.

And it truly is a Wonderful Life.

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Mimi December 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm

It looks like you had a very merry and blessed Christmas! Ours are always extended, too! =)


angela December 27, 2012 at 6:40 am

Love this post! Looks like you guys had a great Christmas. I really enjoy seeing how everyone celebrates! Glad Russ got to see the kids open gifts before going to work, sucks that he had to go…


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