After we got back from my parents' house we had to partake in our traditional Christmas Eve activities
(Which I'm blogging about so that I will be able to remember what our traditional Christmas Eve activities are next Christmas.)
We started with one of those "let's see if we can all 4 kids to look at the camera at the same time in front of the Christmas tree" pictures.
FYI - the answer is you can't when they're 6, 5, 3, and 1. And my guess is you probably also can't when they're 16, 15, 13, and 11. We'll just keep trying.
I read "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and the story of Jesus' birth,
and Daddy followed up with "The Polar Express."
We watched "The Elf on the Shelf."
We set out cookies for Santa.
And left him a note. How delicious do those cookies look? They each decorated two. Reese wrote the note so that Hudson would have something to leave out for Santa since he obviously can't hold "glass stuff."
And we threw out some reindeer food and listened to Kringle Radio for updates on Santa's status. We especially enjoyed the "East Coast Warning" for the kids to get in bed.
And after all four kids were resting peacefully in their beds, Santa brought presents!
Rudolph and Clarice stayed out as lookouts.
We think he finally showed up around 4AM.
Lucky for Santa, he gets to sleep all day on Christmas. Mommy and Daddy? Not so much.