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Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve 2010

This is a day that we look forward to all year long.  It's a day of complete rest and relaxation (although I did fit in some vacuuming and mopping the floors, but that makes me happy!)  Our tradition is to go to Mass on Christmas morning, so the entire day is spent at home.
The children woke up (early of course, on the day that they could sleep in!) and exchanged presents with each other.  They really put a lot of thought and effort into finding/recycling/buying gifts for each other that they knew would be appreciated.  It is fun to watch them putting so much thought and care into their siblings!

Our tradition is to keep all gift put away until Christmas Eve morning.  So, this morning we brought all of the gifts up from the storage closet and put them under the tree.  By the time you get gifts from aunts, uncles, grandparents and parents for 6 kids, it really adds up!

We open gifts throughout the day and let the children play with them as they get opened.  One thing that kept them all busy for a while was putting change into their new banks that an aunt and uncle sent them.  Todd commented, "Next time we need some quiet, let's give them each a handful of change to put in their banks!"

Todd and I bought a new Keurig coffee maker with the money from our parents.  I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but have found a few tasty drinks that I enjoy.  Todd has perfected a chocolate coffee drink that he claims is better than anything he could buy at a coffee shop.

Esther didn't really understand what all of the excitement was about and was content to sit in my lap and read books.

Here are a few highlights from the rest of the day.
Eleanor bouncing on the exercise trampoline

Haley with a REAL American girl doll

Joseph in Lego heaven

Madeline with her penguin pillow pet

Lillian playing a learning/video game
And of course, the reason we're celebrating today...baby Jesus got put into the nativity sets on top of our fireplace just before we headed up for bed.
The kids are all in tucked in and most of them are sleeping.  We'll be up early for a breakfast of monkey bread which is our special celebration breakfast reserved for birthdays - Happy Birthday Jesus!

God Bless!

Heather :-)