Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Eve Highlights 2009

Christmas Eve is spent at our home celebrating with my side of the family. We had a wonderful meal and then the kids opened their packages. They all were so excited! Zach and TJ passed out all the gifts.
We go youngest to oldest, so Emerson was first!Isn't she a doll?! She was so sweet and loved Christmas!

The other kids took their turns so nicely. Not one of them complained about waiting.

We decided to let the kids open the BIG package, since TJ wanted in on the action!My grandkids were thrilled with the gift! My children seemed happy, but, I think they did not know what to do with it.

TJ and Emerson sure did!!!!

I will say my kids really spent a lot of time on it after everyone left. They are excited to begin lessons on January 12th. The piano was such a blessing....truly a gift from God.

After the kids are done, the adults all do a grab game. (look at that kitchen!!!!....what a mess! We usually clean up first, but the weather was so bad I wanted everyone to be able to get home before it got too bad. Charlotte, my aunt, and I cleaned it up in no time!)My sister and her husband CHEAT! Yes, they do.....they conspire on what, and how they will get, a certain gift! Look at them acting all innocent!I am not sure if it was the wallhanging I made, or the Limited Homemade Gourmet Carrot Cake Mix, but they were able to pull it off and ended up with the package they wanted!!! Cheaters, I say!

I am happy to say Debbie's son does not take after her in that respect and he plays fair and square! Andrew is such a wonderful guy!!!I did not get these in the grab, but I wanted to share the gift I got from Bud and Rachel......I almost cried, they are so beautiful!

After everyone went home, my kids opened the one gift they always get on Christmas Eve. It is a tradition since I was a child.....a new pair of jammies!Everyone was happy, and though they should have been tired, they were NOT!Zach modeled his jams, while Charlotte (in the background) played the piano for a while. Zach got his turn too, and then off to bed they went!!!It was a wonderfully blessed Christmas Eve. I will share our Christmas morning with you tomorrow!!! Praying your holy-day was as blessed as ours!
Blessings, Bren


Libby said...

Merry Christmas! Your house looks beautiful! Your family looks like they had alot of fun!! I love the picture of Zach with Charlotte playing the piano in the backgound!
Thanks for sharing!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a wonderful Christmas gathering. Your house really does look beautiful. Happy family memories. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a wonderful Christmas gathering. Your house really does look beautiful. Happy family memories. Thanks for sharing.

Love Bears All Things said...

I thought that was a piano in that package.
We open our gifts on Christmas Eve, too, but we go around the circle with each opening one gift at a time.
Thanks for sharing your family and fun with us.
Mama Bear

Susan said...

I loved seeing your kids open that piano!!! What a blessing! I hope they enjoy learning to play it and have fun with it.

The pictures of TJ and Emerson are beautiful!

I've seen so many people have that new jammie tradition for Christmas, but we never did. I think that's something I'll do when we begin having grandchildren - I'll call them grammie jammies. How's that for planning ahead?! I don't even have a married child yet! LOL

Crispy said...

What a wonderful Christmas Eve! Thanks for sharing :0)


Guðrún said...

Merry Christmas. I always got a pair of new pyjamas on the 23rd of December when I was a child, it is a very fond memory.

Anneatheart said...

THis last picture of your son on the piano, with the lights from the tree shining on the wood is beautiful!

I long for my piano back, but it wasn't really mine, so I can't keep it :( It was so it just sits unused. Oh well.