The season starts with the Johnson family Christmas party. Every year we go up to Uncle Dale's church for a family dinner, carols and Santa. There are always a couple families that don't join us, but for the most part, everyone tries to come as often as possible.
This year, Scott and I were able to host the Sanford family for Christmas eve and Christmas day. Scott and I both had to work during the day on Christmas eve, as did Kristal and Mike, so we kept the menu very simple. We had two kinds of soup, Cream of Potato and Chicken Noodle. (I'm sorry, no recipes to post because I didn't measure anything and just added to taste. Next time I make them, I will do a better job of measuring). Theresa brought really yummy mini BBQ bacon wrapped wienies. I'll have to get the recipe from her, because they were a definite hit. Kristal brought her crab dip- which is always very good and quickly devoured. I believe I do have that recipe already, so I'll see what I can do about posting it with pictures. Grandma and Grandpa brought a smoked salmon and a veggie tray. There was more than enough food and no one spent their whole day in the kitchen.
As I already posted, Scott's family video was a hit. The girls have watched it a number of times since. After we finished watching the video, we all sang carols. Ivy started asking if she could go to bed around 8:00 so we didn't keep the party going much beyond that. Which meant no Nativity re-enactment, no reading of the "Night Before Christmas" and no desserts. (We saved those for Christmas afternoon).
After everyone went home, Santa dropped off the girls PJ's, I read the "Night Before Christmas" to them and they hung their stockings. For some reason, I felt very rushed trying to get the girls to bed, and I don't enjoy feeling rushed. Pretty much, what it meant was that I didn't get a good picture of the kids standing together holding their stockings.
In the morning, we took the traditional on the stair picture, and started with their Santa presents and the stockings. The girls got the Madame Alexander Girlz dolls that they asked for. They also got an outfit to go with it. They loved it and had a great morning. Finally they asked if they could open up the rest of their presents.
They had a great time opening their presents and were very sweet and grateful for everything they opened.