At the Newton Christmas Eve party, we have fun eating dinner and the kids perform their piano/violin pieces. This year the older kids performed a piece using plastic pipes of different sizes. (It's fun when Grandma Julie is a music teacher and has fun stuff in her basement!)
Here are some of the boys watching the violinists...
Aubree played her violin with Aunt Sarah and Tyler and I played a duet on the piano.
The kids love acting out the nativity. It is fun to have the little ones play Mary and Joseph. Uncle Jon was the donkey that carried Mary into Bethlehem. It was so fun to have a live baby Jesus this year. Leon was so good and just sat there and looked around.
We had fun opening presents and then it was time to go home.
The next morning was interesting... Marcus talked the other three kids into waiting to see what Santa brought until after church. They had us cover their gift from Santa and couldn't wait to get home! When we got home they all wanted to change back into their PJ's, line up on the stairs, and listen to Amy Grant's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," just like we always do. We had fun opening gifts and eating brunch with Grandpa Kent, Nate, Isaac and Candalyn when they came over at 11.
I have realized how important traditions are! I remember hearing Richard and Linda Eyre speak once and they talked about how traditions will keep our children close. It is so true! My kids have clung to our traditions and it is so fun!
We gave the kids photos of my mom. It was neat to go through these and find photos of each of my kids with her. It made me so grateful that she came with us to Disneyland, went with us on field trips, and that we had so many fun family trips together.
Here is Caleb's...
This is Marc's... (my favorite is the one in the center with Tower of Terror behind it. They were the only two who wanted to keep riding it and she called him her "Tower of Terror buddy.")
Here is Tyler's...
This is Aubree's... (note all the photos of the Scrabble games. My mom loved to play Scrabble and Tyler and Aubree both have fond memories of Scrabble tournaments.)