We ate lunch with Joel's brother and his family and played games early in the afternoon, and then they went off to be with Ashley's family, leaving us to do our own thing.
After eating dinner and tidying up we took a couple of pictures by the tree (Sophie wouldn't cooperate unless she could hold one of her presents, and of course the other two had to follow suit).
Then the girls opened up their Christmas pajamas. Kind of hilarious this year, because I obviously had no idea about sizing. The jammies I got for Bria and Chloe were just sized S, M, L, etc. and both pairs are way too big for them. Bria's especially are comically large...I think they would probably fit me! Oh well, at least they will last a few years!
Sophie is understanding so much more this year and was so excited to open her new jammies, and was ready to tear into everything else under the tree if we hadn't stopped her with a treat!
After we were all snug in our pj's (new or otherwise), we cuddled up under the tree and read the Christmas story. Then we started a new tradition that I have been dying to start for a few years now, and listened to the opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors." The girls really quite enjoyed the story, and it's less than an hour long, so it wasn't too much to handle. I have always loved the music of this opera, and Joel loves it too, ever since he got to conduct it one year at ASU. I think this will be a tradition we can enjoy as a family for a really long time.
Then we talked about what gift we would each give to Jesus this year, ate some pumpkin pie, discussed what we would like Santa to give us, checked the Norad Santa tracker website and went to bed and dreamt of sugarplums.