The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas disappear in a snap, don't they? It's hard not to get caught up in the bustle and the cheer of the season.
Our calendar was kept wonderfully full with holiday dinners with friends and cookies decorating with our favorite neighbors. I'm sure Corrine is still cleaning up sprinkles but look at those sweet smiles.
This year there was no doubt in my mind about the best gift to be received. Our Ohio counterparts were able to make it down to Tennessee for a couple of days and we were able to celebrate Christmas all together. Being with all of these people is just my favorite thing in the world. We started our day with our yearly Christmas breakfast. I didn't burn the biscuits like last year. Somehow I didn't get put in charge of that task this time- ha!- but I did manage to catch Gaga's potholder on fire anyway. Whoops! After we cleaned up 6,437 dishes we headed to the living room for a little gift exchanging. Oh, and for our Christmas crackers (complete with Christmas hats of course!).
This year, just like last year, the weather has been unseasonably warm just around Christmas. So it wasn't long before the crew began to migrate outside. With proclamations of "just one picture, I promise!" I was able to get a sweet photo of all our babies. They were still for the five seconds it took to get that done, then they were off. With a happy Gaga & Pappy nearby to soak them in.
Charlie has slowly but surely decided that she likes these folks more than she expected to. What a wonderful day with these people we love so much!
The next night was Christmas Eve. I absolutely adore watching Will get excited about this. This may be his favorite night of the entire year. Actually I'm sure it is. He told me, "I can't wait to get Henry all worked into a frenzy!". They begin with practicing. Charlie didn't really have a clue what was going on, but thought that being run up & down the hallway was loads of fun!
Next up is prep for the reindeer and for Santa himself. Henry's an expert at this part now.
The sky is pretty much searched in all directions and from every vantage point.
Then we wind down with our usual Christmas Eve book and Henry snuggles in for the night.
This year I went back in to check on Henry about 15 minutes after we tucked him in. He was absolutely annoyed at me. "Mommy. Why are you in here? I'm trying to go to sleep!". I couldn't help but laugh. Since it was pretty clear he had no intentions of getting out of bed, the elves quickly set to work.
Charlie woke up at about 6:15 this morning, quickly followed by her brother. Then it was off to Daddy's room to get him up, check the carrot/apple plate & Santa's plate, and then to the main event..
Just as expected, some were less interested in toys and more interested in the packaging.
Even though we couldn't be with our UK counterparts, we did spend some time on Skype opening gifts from each other and catching up. We can't wait until they visit next year!
We hope you've had a wonderful holiday as well! Merry Christmas from the Zuills!