(Hi everyone! This post was mostly written on Christmas Eve – but then I got too busy to finish, so I stopped blogging until today. I will catch up my final 2 Christmas countdowns and then go from there! Thanks for your kind understanding!!!)
Christmas Eve! This is my favorite day of the year! The whole of the Christmas season seems to culminate in this one day. I know, it should be Christmas – but everything seems different then. I can’t really explain it, maybe it’s just my quirky thing!
Today has been one of the best Christmas Eves in many years. It is the first year that I have actually not been running fast, trying to finish up everything.
We baked sugar cookies this morning and, as usual, it was a mess, but well worth it! Here is a picture –
After they cooled, it was time to frost them. I grew up sprinkling them before baking, but in Jeff’s family, they always frosted, so we’ve done that for most of our married life. Here are a few pictures of the frosting session –
These are the colors we used. . .and. . .
. . .here is our official frosting taster!
This evening we made our traditional Christmas Eve light trip. We drove through Wendy’s and then drove around looking at lights. We went to some new areas that we recently learned about and it was really great!
Returning home, most people had hot cocoa and relaxed while I wrapped a few more presents. Robert, our oldest, joined us about this time. He is spending the night and will be with us all day tomorrow.
Our next event was singing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus and eating cake. Sarah decorated the cake earlier that day – here is a picture of the cake with Gretchen!-
While we ate cake, we went around and shared our gifts for Jesus – things that we wanted to give Him this year – such as reading our Bibles more consistently, praying more, sharing with others, etc. This great idea came from Theresa (see the “7th day”!), and it was a special time. Thank you, Theresa!
Next it was time for Jeff’s annual Christmas Eve “Reading of the Stories”. The first story he always reads is the Christmas story found in Luke. After this, he always reads “The Night Before Christmas” – usually in some silly way – changing the words or something like that. Tonight he read the whole thing as Goofy (Disney), much to David’s delight, as he is currently a Goofy fan.
After the stories, it was off to bed for all of the littles and middles. You’d think this would be easy on this one night, but they kept coming back for one reason or another. I think they finally fell asleep – haven’t heard from them in quite some time!
The rest of the evening was spent finishing up the presents and watching “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Oh, by the way, that stocking project didn’t get done – but we bought Michael a ready made one at the store which he embellished with stickers spelling out his name, and he’s happy – next year, he’ll have his homemade one for sure!
A thought for this special, holy night . . .
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” -Luke 2: 7