While I was still in denial that it was already Christmas, we spent the morning relaxing, took a spin at the gym (a preemptive act knowing we would eat plenty over the weekend) and a last minute stop to Target to tie up loose ends.
Christmas Eve at my home is all about traditions.
It is very special to me and I long for the comfort that it brings.
We eat Chicken Royale, a chicken dish with ham, stuffing and a mushroom cream sauce. Korianne provided Christmas Jell-o which is a a three-layer gelatin in Christmas colors. Yum.
After dinner we reenact the nativity.
Bath robes and scarfs are the costumes for almost every character.
Minus dad who was behind the camera this year.
And who also incidentally missed his entire scene as the donkey.
(Does "Let's get together" come to anyone else's mind?)
We were blessed to have Christmas on a Sunday.
I could not think of a better way to celebrate our Savior's birth.
Luckily, it was my mom's choir Christmas program and I loved celebrating Christmas with music.
Since church was at 9 a.m., and we didn't have any kids at the house, we postponed the usual festivities until after church was over.
We came home, switched back into our jammies, and ate breakfast, my favorite meal of the entire year.
Then we called video-chated my aunt in Greece.
And then we were finally sequestered back upstairs while we waited for mom and dad to put out the presents.
So in all actuality, present opening did not start until after noon.
She claims Neil was her first love.
(Next time I need a warning, Dad! I would have videotaped the reaction)
The day moved by so quickly, as the best days usually do.
After winding down from the day we watched "A Christmas Story" on TBS (where else?).
That movie makes me laugh so hard I want to cry.
We had just enough time to run home, shower and heat up our soup for dinner with the Bensons.
In addition to a real gift we gave the Bensons, we included a little treat: stick-on mustaches of course.
And everyone got in on the fun.
I'd love to stay and chat, but I really mustache.