Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Eve

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve celebration with the Seal family at our home (and my parents even stopped by for a few minutes, too). We had a light dinner and then all the kids dressed up and presented The Nativity play for us and sang Silent Night. Then we did the wise man gift exchange (red gift is something sentimental/meaningful--my kids got books; green gift is something needed--my kids got pjs ; and gold gift is something fun--my kids got Mr. Fuzzy and Morgan got a Barney DVD) and then we did the cousin's gift exchange.

Hadley was Mary and Ryan was Joseph which only added to the wonderful spirit of this play. They couldn't even get along long enough to make it through a 2 minute play. They were fighting over who got to hold the baby Jesus while we were supposed to be paying attention to the shepherds and the wiseman following the star. Never a dull moment in this house!

Nixon, Kamen, Zach and Griffin.
These cute little cousins are all within 2 months of each other.

All the sisters-in-law
Nicole, me, Jill, Annie and Rae

All of the boys
Gavin, Jeff, Scott, Chad, Trevor and Brendan

Jack surprised all of us (and Lolly) when he pulled out a small little box. Everyone knows that only one thing comes in those cute, little boxes...a diamond --a beautiful princess cut solitaire diamond. He said she had been a good girl and after 44 years she had earned it. This picture was taken after we all kept asking them if they could kiss again because we didn't get a picture of it the first time. So cute!


COOLWHIP said...

That is so sweet. The ring thing. We were sooo poor when we got married, I have a silver wedding ring with a moon stone in it. I LOVE it, it reminds me to keep things simple, but some day, I would really like a nice ring. It will probably have to wait until the kids are gone, and the house is paid for, but it will make it all that much better.

Heidi Rushing said...

I really like the wisemen gifts ideas! That would be a great Christmas Eve tradition. Thanks for sharing, remind me to copy next year!

Lisa said...

Heather, you have such a beautiful family. Looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Kiki said...

looks like lots of fun festivities! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your christmas card!! Merry Christmas!

Jenni and Chad Stewart said...

I like that wiseman gift idea too. And you just give to your own family right? I'm with Heidi - I need to copy this idea.