Wow, it really feels like this Christmas season has just flown by! I can't believe tomorrow is the big day, and then it's back to normal life! It always makes me a little sad, when it's almost over, but I'm trying to just soak in every moment. Especially these few precious years I have where my kids are young and fully believe in magic and Santa and Elves on Shelves. It's a beautiful thing, to see Christmas through the eyes of your children and it definitely brings a whole new meaning to the season.
Today we went to our friends house for Christmas Eve brunch, and it was great to get out of the house, eat yummy food, relax and let the kids play.
While the grownups ate quiche and drank mimosas the kids ran around like crazy people, decorated cookies (and then ate them!) and played in the bounce house!
I love that we have such great friends right around the corner, and I love that my kids get to spend time with friends on special holidays, especially since our families aren't here!
After brunch we headed home for some much needed naps, and then it was time for Christmas Eve "dinner". This is a favorite tradition of mine from when I was a kid. We don't do a big dinner on Christmas Eve, instead we pull together all of our favorite snacks and appetizers and just snack the day/night away. I always make way too much food for just us, but when else do you have to opportunity to put all your favorite foods our and go crazy? (Also, every knows calories don't actually exist on Christmas!)
(R is a big fan of the snacking all day tradition too!)
We let the kids open one present on Christmas Eve. It has to be something from a friend or neighbor, it can't be one of their "big" gifts, but it adds into the excitement for them. Tonight the opened a present from our wonderful neighbors across the street and got some cute clothes!
And finally it was time to put our the milk, cookies, and carrots for Santa and his Reindeer and do our tradition of reading "the Night Before Christmas" in front of the tree. This year we also added in "The Grinch stole Christmas" and "The Elf on the Shelf".
Trying to get all them to sit still for stories wasn't easy, especially since they are all bursting with anticipation for tomorrow! But we got it done, snapped a few pictures, said goodnight and goodbye to Frosty (our Elf) and got everyone to bed with promises that Santa would come once they were asleep!
Now some of Santa's elves (S and I!) have a long night of putting together presents!!! Merry Christmas Eve everyone!!!