I LOVE Christmas Eve. I love the traditions, the time spent with family, the feeling you get singing Christmas carols around the tree. I love the food, the preparations, the anticipation and the excitement in the kids faces. The Christmas spirit that has been building all month seems to reach it's climax on Christmas Eve.
We started the evening with a nice dinner. Christmas is one of the few occasions where I have an excuse to pull out the candles and charger plates! I know most of my guests would be just as happy with paper products (and many had never heard of a “charger plate” before), but I love decorating and making the tables look fancy. Every year I make the same menu (the same menu that my parents still do), which consists of Swiss Chicken, rice, Festive Jello Salad, homemade rolls, some kind of vegetable and Death by Chocolate. Yum!
The "Adult" table with adults eating at it
After dinner, we pull out bathrobes, towels, sheets and whatever else we can find to dress the kids up as shepherds, angels, wisemen, etc and we reenact the story of Christ’s birth. This year was the first year that the quints kind of understood what was going on…..which meant that all the girls fought over who got to be Mary and both the boys insisted they had to be Joseph (or “Jofus” as they pronounce it). In then end, Ryder was Joseph, Kyndall was Mary, Kassidy and Kaydence were shepherds, Kaiya was the head angel, and Riley was King Herod’s priest. We sang Christmas carols as the kids acted out the story from the bible. I don’t think we are taking our act on Broadway anytime soon, but we all enjoyed the performance!
Group Shot---Everyone on Christmas Eve. I think it is amazing that we had 25 people there and everyone is looking at the camera! Something about that blinking light on those timer shots must be mesmerizing!
After all our guests leave, everyone gets to open one present, which is always new pj’s. Then we each choose a Christmas song to sing, starting with the youngest (Ryder) and ending with the oldest (Jayson). Next we take lots of pictures in front of the tree. Growing up, my brothers and my dad always complained about all the pictures we took, but my kids actually love it. We take pictures of just the girls, just the boys, Riley & Kaiya, timer shots of the family, and we always end with a “pile” picture. At one Christmas party I went to this season, we played a game and one of the questions was “What Christmas tradition could you not live without?” The Christmas Eve pictures in front of the tree were my answer!
The Whole Family---this one was going to be a pyramid shot (as we used to do in my family growing up), but making a pyramid in 10 seconds (the length of the timer) with five three-year-olds who have no concept of what a pyramid is, turns out to be impossible!
Following pictures, we had our family prayer, set cookies out for Santa and headed to bed. The kids were so excited this year I thought they would NEVER fall asleep!
Stay tuned for pictures from Christmas day!