Christmas Eve morning, I woke up bright and early to start cleaning. The fam was headed in that day and I wanted it to at least be tidy and prepared for our visitors!!
I am pretty sure that my kids got their fair share of TV time that day as I propped them in front of it so that I could do a few things. The presents were wrapped, food gotten and just needed to be made and all that we needed were our guests and my husband.
My husband you say? More on that later…
Around 3 PM, Kristin and Benito got there and Mom and Dad around the same time. We got presents in, people situation and Annie M was a happy little Christmas camper.
We hung out, Mom did a few things around the house, Kristin went and did a photo shoot and around 5:30 PM, I figured I would toss a green bean casserole in the oven and start getting dinner ready. We went low key with a Honeybaked Ham, rolls, chips, casserole and then an apple cobbler for dessert. I had also seen on Chelsea’s blog these little treats and I doctored them up to make them gluten free so that CT3 could eat them.
We would be cooking a pot roast on Christmas, so I knew that this meal tonight would give us snack and leftovers til our big meal tomorrow…and help me space out lots of cooking!
6:30 ish hit and CT3 was still working….7 PM…..8 PM……and finally around 8:30 PM on Christmas eve his lines were down and he was on his way home! As we waited, we entertained ourselves by watching Anne Margaret and Benito pretend to be Santa and Rudolph flying in on the sleigh, putting Christmas hats on Champ and watching Baby Brother be infatuated with Christmas tree lights.
We had discussed going to a Christmas eve service and CT3 REALLY wanted to go. I was kind of anti…not because I was being a grouch but because we had already been to two Christmas services that week – just not candlelight ones and with the kids bedtimes and people in town, it just seemed a bit crazy. Now that it was 9 PM and he was hardly home and we had yet to eat, we were really glad we hadn’t planned to go as we would have missed them!
When CT3 got home, he was tired and hungry and we all enjoyed the meal before snapping a few pictures of the kids in their Christmas p.j.’s and letting Annie M throw her reindeer food in the back yard. We didn’t bother with cookies for Santa this year. I had some we could have set out, but AM was so excited about the reindeer food and the glitter that would light the way for Rudolph and I was tired so going into the whole cookie bit just didn’t seem necessary.
Before we knew it, it was time for bed and for visions of sugar plums to dance in our heads! Christmas morn would soon be here!