The night before Christmas Eve, we had a sleep over under the Christmas tree. "Under" meaning we spread out into the next room over because there are so many of us, now! My little niece exclaimed over and over, "This is the best sleepover ever! This is the best sleepover ever!" So, here are some pictures of the best sleepover ever, which it was. Matthew and Becky are brushing their teeth. Of course.
At another home, all the young married adult children were home for the holidays and they were so excited about the swords and having no cash with them, they begged their mother for money to buy them. They bought 4! When Sam came back, he was covered in snow and all but one of his swords were gone.Here is the little Master in his workshop after finishing the Christmas Eve batch.
Our tradition is that on Christmas morning, we get ready for the day, then wake up our parents with a Christmas carol. We are not so diligent or traditional in practicing this since some of us have married. Anyway, I was almost ready to come in, but not yet, when these mischievous men (okay, yes, on is very young) came into the bathroom, picked me up, and carried me into my parent's room! I was NOT ready. But it was fun, anyway. We had a lovely Christmas morning with lovely gifts from each other.
My dad is a bishop, right now. In some ways it is a real challenge, but it brings many blessings to him and his family. He was very touched and grateful to receive this gift. It was probably the best Christmas gift he has ever received.
There are some Packers that live close to us and I don't know how they are related. (A son or grandson or something.) Anyway, the ones who live close to us made a sculpture of the horses in the painting and I guess they sell in pairs; the sculpture and the painting. So, that was my Dad's Christmas gift and here are some pictures of how happy he was to receive it. :)
We have a Jerusalem dinner, to remember Christ. Here we have flat bread, veggies, Mediterranean Chicken, St. Peter's Fish, fruit, pomegranate juice, goat cheese and some potato pancakes that my Grandmother made. Everything was good!