Merry Christmas Eve, Eve!
December 23 was a quiet day for the Party kids - Anna was home from Grandma and Grandpa's house, the boys were home from school, I took the day off, and we spent it lazing around in our jammies for most of the day. We lounged around, made cookies, watched Christmas movies, and had a few arts and crafts activities to keep little fingers busy.
As was Jack....
Christmas Eve was a whirlwind of activity. I'm so glad that we had the 23rd to relax and enjoy some uninterrupted quiet time - because starting on the 24th, it all changed. As soon as everyone was up and dressed, I whisked the Party kids off to Aunt Mary's house in Batesburg. We had word that Santa's elves might be up to something at our house - so it was important to keep the kids out of the house for the day.
Which ended up being loads of fun - Anna and James got to help Aunt Mary make some super yummy hazelnut cookies that I can't wait to make myself. They tasted so good (what little I could taste, that is - as my Christmas gift of the wretched cold settled in on the 23rd - making everything sound like I was underwater and everything taste bland.)
Anna and James 'rested' and watched some of the ABC Family Christmas special marathon while Jack took a nap, then it was time to get dressed to make it to church by 3pm for the children's program. Both Anna and James participated - singing sweetly "Sing Hosanna, Sing Hosanna"and "Away in A Manger" - complete with hand motions that just about made me cry when they put their little heads on their hands pretending to sleep during the stanza "the little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head."