December 25th** Kerry and I woke up first, around 9, and for the first time in 25 years had to wake up the kids!
** We woke to snow showers, which continued all day! The first white Christmas since 1996.
** We had a yummy breakfast of cinnamon rolls, sausage patties and scrambled eggs. (a tradition) We ate breakfast after several turns of unwrapping gifts. We go around the circle, youngest to oldest opens a gift as we all watch. With so many of us, gift opening took until around 2:30!
**The post unwrapping gala mess!
** Most everyone stayed in their jammies all day. I did not, as I hate to cook in my pajamas. I did however manage to not get dressed until about 5:00 p.m.
** Activities: open gifts, eat appetizers for lunch, play games!! The kids spent the first part of the day playing with the new Guitar Hero: World Tour for the wii. Then, they moved on to play various card games which they had received as gifts. I loved seeing everyone playing games together around the table.
After Sarah and Jesse left to travel back to their cozy little apartment, the boys and Kerry and I played a rousing game of Phase 10. We ended about 1:00 a.m., and the boys proceeded to suit up for a middle of the night romp in the snow. They built the first snowman of the season--we were all committed to not walking through the front yard during our week long snow event so as to keep it looking pristine. Well, since rain was forcasted for the day after Christmas and the snow would be going bye-bye, they decided it was time for some fun. Once the snowman was built they progressed into a all out snowball war! Watching and listening to my 3 boys was delightful!
Beef Tenderloin (Fillet Mignon), Sarah's Rosemary Potatoes, cranberries, *special* green salad, popovers, olive/pickle plate. Everything was so good and I know I will be serving that same cut of beef again next year as it was so tender it melted in your mouth!
It was such a lovely day spent together as a family, celebrating the Lord's birth! What an awesome gift God gave to us, and even more precious was the gift Jesus gave us as he gave up his life for us.