Christmas is, hands down, my favorite holiday! I love how cozy and family centered it is. I especially love teaching Turner about Jesus. And it was quite amazing that he knew about the Christmas story before I even taught him! He must have learned that at school.
This year was the most exciting yet. Turner really got into the whole “Santa” thing. We weren’t too crazy about the idea of Santa, but we decided to throw him in the mix just a little bit. Honestly, I just wanted to leave cookies out for Santa, because it was such a magical part of my childhood!
Turner watched the Polar Express every day for a week, which really helped get him in the mood. He even started reciting lines from the movie when he would play with his trains. So cute!
On Christmas Eve, we went to my grandparents’ house for an early dinner. Sweet little Gracie just went with the flow through all of the festivities!
Turner was on 10, no actually 11, the whole time! He was on a sugar and present high. Who could blame him! I finally lassoed him in for a pic with Stew and my brother. This was probably the only minute that he sat still the whole night.
The night ended in a meltdown (story of my life lately) because Turner didn’t want to leave. We had to bribe him with putting cookies out for Santa. He ran to the car like lightning after that!
I always love Christmas Eve night. There’s something about the silence, twinkling lights, and gifts under the tree that really are so beautiful. This is the first year that Stew and I played Santa and put the gifts out after the kids were in bed. I was giddy with excitement! There’s a song by the Oak Ridge Boys that I’ve been listening to my whole life. It sums up Christmas eve perfectly! The lyrics are, “I’ll turn the lights down and set the tree aglow. You wrap the presents and trim the bow and say you’ll love me, for another year. The stockings have been hung, the carols have been sung. We’re all alone now, happy Christmas eve”.
On Christmas morning, we woke up and went downstairs to see what Santa brought! Turner seemed surprised that there were presents under the tree. It’s almost as if he forgot overnight! But he was super excited once he saw them. Stew’s parents got him an amazing train table (which we definitely should have set up the night before…fail), and we got him a life sized excavator (which we also should have assembled the night before)! Poor Turner just wanted to play. But we had, what felt like, hours of assembling to do! Sorry, buddy.
After naps, we got the kids dressed and headed to Gigi’s house for supper!
We had so much fun celebrating Christmas with our family! The Lord has blessed us more than words will ever do justice. And we are thankful every day! “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
As we start this new year, we are excited to see where life takes us! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!