We started with our annual tradition of reading the Christmas Story and acting it out with the nativity set that Steve's mom and Dad made Sam for his first Christmas.
This year we mixed things up a bit and Sash opted to read while the other kids acted out their parts. As a direct result, the story was a lot less chaotic and violent than usual, although Ben did his part to keep it exciting, as evidenced by the beans that beanbag Mary started leaking halfway through her ordeal. Poor Mary. And it must be said that Sasha made an excellent narrator.
It turned out brilliantly! You should totally check out the whole video at https://vimeo.com/149823606
As usual, we opened presents on Christmas Eve. We started this tradition a few years ago to
- make Christmas Day a little less psycho
- open presents a day early (who can argue with that?), and
- carve out more time to ski on Christmas Day, because if any day deserves a family ski-fest, it's Christmas
|Ben unwraps a case of cream soda from Sasha|
|I'm so glad Sam hasn't outgrown Legos!|
|Yep, it was American Girl doll year! Sasha and WanYing were thrilled|
|We see many tea parties in our future|
|Ben had only one thing on his list - a new unicycle - and apparently didn't like our ceaseless taunting and fake-outs|
|But never fear, the unicycle was eventually presented with due ceremony and excitement|
|It's going to take a little while to master, but he's well on his way!|
|And then we paused for a glass of wine before dealing with the aftermath|
|And in the evening, it was off to Christmas Eve service, properly bedecked in Elsa dresses|
|Acoustic Christmas was appropriately banjo-tastic!|
We had a beautiful Christmas Eve, filled with the joys of giving, worship, laughter, and banjo. Just like it should be.