We had Christmas Eve at our house this year (well, technically last year since I’m way behind on blogging). We decided on only appetizers for lunch, so that made it really easy on us. It gave us plenty of time to chat and relax. As you can see, Lillian enjoyed chatting with Grandpa.
Mark enjoyed taking pics of everyone. I think these are great of Jeff and Jessie!
Phil had surgery on his foot before Thanksgiving (I think) so he still needed a “boot” on it and needed to elevate it a decent amount. Jeff and Jessie enjoyed relaxing and some of the rest of us enjoyed the appetizers. I like the second picture because it shows how things end up when we have get togethers at our house….some people sitting on the couches in the living room, others at the table, and others in the kitchen and around the high part of the counter.
Elizabeth and Rebecca enjoying some appetizers.
After everyone was done eating, we got things ready in the living room to open gifts.
We then opened the gifts. Lillian was “Santa” and did a great job handing out the gifts. She even let others open some before she opened all of hers.
More opening. Phil and Dorene got each others name for the drawing and gave each other the same thing. I think they knew it before they opened the gifts though.
Lillian got a gift that was pretty heavy and almost bigger than she was.
It was a ton of crafty things…including yarn, construction paper, and glue…among much more.
We got her a bean bag type chair for the basement and since it was so big, we decided to give it to her on Christmas Eve instead of traveling with it to Grandpa and Grandma’s house.
We then decided to go downstairs to get some “professional” family pics. Mark set up the photography lights and had some fun. Here is Jeff and Jessie.
Phil and Sue, and then Phil and Sue with Lillian. Such a great pic of Lillian with her grandparents! I need to remember to print that one.
Rebecca and Elizabeth. Aren’t they gorgeous?
Family pic for the Gilberts and one with Phil being a photo bomb.
Everyone! You can also get a little peak into what the basement looks like with stuff in it.
That evening Sue’s cousins joined us for more fun. We made a traditional Christmas meal with ham, and potatoes, among other sides. It was all delicious! You can also see the stockings that I made for us as well as Snowy, our Elf on the Shelf.