So I'm going to try to catch up for the last week. Christmas Eve is a big deal. We always host, and we had about 24 this year--family and friends. It is a lot of fun. We always have lots of yummy food--3 kinds of soup, rolls, and lots of yummy sides with my famous Christmas Eve rice pudding which I only make once a year on Christmas Eve. It is to-die-for. Here is a look at our day. . .
Christmas Eve afternoon we always go next door to our neighbors for gifts and then the kids play a little concert for them. The kids usually always play the piano, but this year Miss O and Miss E also did a brass number which was quite impressive :)
Then later that night at our house we have another concert. We started with the youngest kid and went to the oldest who wanted to play a Christmas song that we could sing to. This year we had violins, piano, guitar, and the girls' brass number. It was a pretty impressive concert. Lots of singing--I love Christmas music!!
Mr J takes his piano very seriously :)
We had poems read--we love our sister missionaries!
and then the highlight of the evening--the Nativity play. Mary and Joseph heading to Bethlehem.
Ben reading the story from the Bible.
Our whole cast this year--Wise men/women on the left, shepards on right, and love the sheep lower right :)
Then everyone leaves and my kids get to open one gift--new pajamas. The girls felt like dancing after they got theirs :)
And then it was off to bed for visions of sugar plums to dance in their heads and wait for Santa to come. . .