Our Christmas celebration started on Christmas Eve at our church's candlelight service. It was a beautiful service that ends with the entire congregation lighting individual candles and singing Christmas carols. It was a beautiful sight. We took a few pictures out in the gathering area of the family.
Sarah's boyfriend, Doug, joined us and came home with us for some dinner. They then exchanged presents and watched a movie that he gave her for Christmas.
We are still working hard to get JT to smile for the camera when taking snapshots :)
John took this picture when all the candles were lit during the service.
Then it was time for Santa to visit. Each child has their own wrap which they discover when they look inside their stocking. Each wrap is chosen to suit each child's taste/interests at that time, it makes it quite fun choosing the wrap.
The girls waited patiently for JT to wake up- for some odd reason he chose Christmas morning of all mornings to sleep in! We decided to start off the festivities with the girls since JT is still too young to understand what is going on. JT woke up at nearly 8am!
Once JT woke up, he started off slow with his morning milk and cuddle time. The girls were so excited for JT to open up his gifts. JT needed some encouragement and help to open them up. He would have rather carried the wrapped presents around at the beginning.
Some of the gifts...
After a brief break to eat, the girls opened their gifts from my Mom, aka Nanny.
This blurry shot is the beautiful hand painted ornament my Mom sent John and I. It is painted from the inside of the ornament. This has the 3 wise men and the lights on the tree illuminate it like stained glass.
Nanny sent JT his first Barney that also sings the I Love You song. Barney is by far JT's favorite show/character right now.
For our Christmas feast, we had a yummy ham from Cracker Barrel and all of trimmings. It was delicious!!!
Shot of my plate- note the addition of the Diet Coke, a perfect beverage for a perfect meal :)