After a beautiful candlelight Christmas Eve service last night with our new Hillcrest family
these precious ones put on their new Christmas pajamas (a tradition from my childhood)
and were in bed by 7:00 p.m.!
Good thing, because at 9:00 p.m., these guys were helping Dan make a special delivery to our house:
We were so thankful for their help late at night on Christmas Eve!
For Christmas, each person in our family gets
something you want
something you need
something to wear
and something to read.
Although it felt strange at first, I've come to love doing it this way because it helps me avoid the access, while deliberately choosing meaningful, significant gifts for each person.
Here was this year's lineup:
want need wear read
Lana new journals piano robe & blanket Wingfeather series
Tucker micro chargers bike robe & blanket books on cd
Dan Van's boots yard tools Alabama shirt New Morning Mercies
Rachael cable knit blanket running shoes perfume People magazine
We went to bed around midnight,
and set our alarm for 6:30 a.m. to beat the kids awake.
The sleeping beauties finally rolled out of bed at 7:00.
Love these faces!
Their something you wants and something you needs were unwrapped,
so they spent a while enjoying those surprises!
Then they hit the stockings!
After stockings, we enjoyed blueberry coffee cake, sausage, and fruit for breakfast.
We spent some time reading from Luke 2, and finishing our advent book and Jesse Tree:
There is little sweeter than giving to each other lavishly,
and rejoicing in Jesus together,
because He has given us so much.
Stockings always have favorite candy,
and I truly have no idea how much he consumed today.
A lot, to be sure.
Every time I looked at him he was stuffing it in.
Then it was time to open our other gifts!
Sweet faces. So content.
The kids each got to pick out a present for each other,
and they chose (with a little nudge from mommy)
to give each other the same thing!
They were an absolute hit - one of the first things they wanted to play with!
Unfortunately, they are not terribly durable,
and were both busted by the day's end.
Pepper was pretty thrilled with her gifts, as well.
This bone was gone within minutes!
And then, as has become our tradition,
we spent the day doing exactly what we wanted to.
We didn't once change out of pajamas or fix our hair or make our beds or do much of anything responsible besides brush our teeth.
We enjoyed a delicious meal, courtesy of a very dear and generous friend,
who blessed us extravagantly from Honeybaked Ham,
so that I could stay out of the kitchen and just enjoy my family.
Grace upon grace.
This doesn't show the huge ham, or the delicious key lime pie for dessert.
Merry Christmas from Team Davis!
What an absolutely wonderful day!
Tomorrow will be spent in our traditional way:
putting away Christmas, cleaning the house, and getting ready to ring in the new year!