Our little shepherd, praying on the far right.
My attempt at getting a group shot on Christmas Eve in front of the tree.
Leaving (and eating) cookies for Santa.
Putting our "magic key" outside so Santa can get in (we don't have a chimney).
Note the chocolate in one hand and candy cane in the other.
We had a great Christmas this year celebrating Jesus' birthday. Our older two are old enough to understand a good amount about the true meaning of Christmas. Colton is old enough to know that if you can get a candy cane or piece of chocolate open on Christmas morning, mom lets you eat it for breakfast (we suffered the consequence of a sugared up melt down later in the day).
Last year we started the tradition of giving three gifts to each child to represent the three gifts that the wise men brought to baby Jesus. The kids really look forward to those three gifts and get the correlation. We also did this in an effort to control the mass influx of toys. Because all of our kids are close in age, they get excited about and play with their siblings' toys as well. Three kids times three presents equals nine presents (15 next year:) which is a lot of new toys. So although we limit the amount of new toys, they still have two sets of grandparents, three sets of great grandparents, and aunts and uncles and cousins.....needless to say, our house is overrun with new toys. To add to the new collection, Colton has a birthday in December and Caleb has one in January. We may have to come up with a new plan next year or the toys may take over.
Anyway, it was a great season and we are grateful for God's gift of His Son and look forward with great anticipation for what He will do next year in our family.