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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Picture a Christmas Eve

I think this was our first Christmas Eve spent with just the 5 of us in a really long time (actually, ever, since the last time it happened Sophia wasn't born yet).

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.

20 comments :

  1. That sounds just perfect to me! What great traditions you have. And the pictures are great (of course!)

    Happy New Year!

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  2. Super cute photos! Sounds like the start of something grand!

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  3. Sounds like a storybook. Perfect, and the girls looked really cute, big PJ's or not! :o)

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  4. That sounds SO great. We got completely jipped out of being able to follow our own traditions by accepting an invitation to Christmas eve at the inlaws where we were expected to arrive by 4:00pm, but no dinner would be served, bring your own cookies, take a stressful stroll together at a very crowded Temple Lights, stop every 5 feet for the worst pictures ever (while blocking anyone elses progress through the display) take one more passenger in your car than you have seat-belts (even though your husband is Highway Patrol and it just feels like a double standard to do so) but FIL decides he doesn't need to drive his own car. Listen to FIL make rude comments about his invitation to dinner on Christmas day oh, and did I mention no dinner?! Plus, I had to send my two oldest off to see their dad at 12:00 noon, so we didn't even get Christmas Eve with them at all.
    Ugh, I am not doing that next year.

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  5. Ahhh, those memories of when you were young, as hard as it is not having you close, the benefits of building closeness in a family far outways us missing all of you! Merry Christmas!

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  6. Great pictures, as always.

    Sounds like a lovely way to spend such a special day.

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  7. I love those pics! Superb!


    Sounds like it all was just grand!

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  8. They all look so cute! Sounds like a lovely evening.

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  9. Sounds like the ideal Christmas Eve--even ifi the jammies are huge. (I inadvertently did the same thing for two of my girls. Gotta hem those puppies!)

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  10. Your family is adorable!

    We do pj's on Christmas Eve too. I was in charge of getting them for Me, Derek and my brother. I was worried the sizes I picked wouldn't fit--I'm not so good at guys sizes, but they ended up being ok!

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  11. Could your family be any cuter? I think not.

    I found you on Blog Stalkers today!

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  12. I LOVE Ahmal. I think you are the only other person I know who has ever heard of it.

    Our Christmas Eve was so unspectacular...me feeding the baby, Joseph feeding the baby and so on...we were just happy to finally get to bed.

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  13. What an absolutely fabulous holiday! In my opinion, you "did it right" this year. I think our family's attempt to fit everyone in and ensure all of the grandparents have equal time with our kids just ends up going a bit wrong.

    Your time together as a family in quiet celebration sounds truly wonderful. It gives me something to aspire to next year.

    Happy New Year!
    F.

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  14. I just loved our Christmas Eve at home too. But, we sure missed you on Christmas day! I'm impressed that your little budding musicians would sit through an opera. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, though.

    See you soon!

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  15. Yep, the jammies tradition seems crucial here too. Cute cute girls!

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  16. Awh, I love that.
    I kind of wish we had a mass to go to on christmas eve, I always love it when Church is that day. I was gonna act out the nativity, but then I got tired. :)

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  17. Wow, Sophie looks exactly like Joel!

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  18. What adorable girls! I love opening Christmas Eve jammies (even though I'm the one that wraps them . . .)

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  19. We did Christmas day on our own for the first time this year. We didn't do much, but it was nice having the day to relax together.

    Your pictures look great.

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  20. I LOVE that opera!! :) I have really good memories of the first time I listened to it, and the third, fifth, etc....I need to listen to it again; my memory of it is very limited.

    I love Sophia's hair and I love their jammies. :)

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