Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve morning we woke to "Christmas morning" at my parents. My sister and her "little family" came over and we opened gifts and stockings together.







I didn't take many pictures. We were enjoying each other and having a great time playing with the kids. Just for doc. sake...Mark now owns a hammer...



(Don't judge his Christmas morning hair. ;)
My brother and baby Zetta:



We spent the day relaxing and being together. The kids played with their new toys and we ate...too much! Later in the evening we got ready and headed to the Christmas Eve service at the church where I grew up, also where my parents still attend.



This is BY FAR my favorite part of Christmas. The service is always so awesome! Brother Mark called all the children to the front to listen to the Christmas story.


The last song "Silent Night" by candlelight is breathtaking.






Growing up Christmas was celebrated with family, presents and were exchanged but the memories from our Christmas Eve service as a family will be with my longer than the rest. The presence of The Lord is felt...he is the reason for the celebration. It was truly amazing watching Wyatt hold a candle and the beginnings of understanding the reason for this awesome celebration.



We were able to get a family photo in the foyer before heading to my Aunt and Uncles house to celebrate with my mom's side of the family.



Cousins in their first (of many) matching dresses!



Wyatt with my mom and her dad.



My g-pa painted portraits of his children and their spouses. It was a thoughtful gift.



The ladies!!! ;)



Sister with her family!!!



Family Shot 2012
(using self timer)
I wish we could be so many places at once to celebrate Christmas. It just doesn't work like that. :( Christmas Eve in J-town this year so Christmas Day was celebrated in STL...post coming soon!!


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1 comment:

Cori H. said...

The girls' matching dresses are so adorable! Love them! Sounds like you had a perfect Christmas Eve with your family!