We spend Christmas Eve at my Aunt Kathy's house. My Mom's family shows up in force, and we snack away on the best finger foods you can imagine. We do a white elephant gift exchange and a gag-gift exchange. We are getting more bold in our choices, and people are starting to become more devious in their strategies and steals.
It is always a beautiful evening of family, fun, and laughter. This year was no exception.
Here are some of the foods that we had this year. Some are traditions (Aunt Kathy's 7-layer dip) and some are new.
And of course we had desserts!
The boy and I in our Christmas Eve duds.
Christmas is about family, and I think we illustrate that perfectly.
Christmas is also about presents...or at least that's what the littles think.
Every year, I take some photos of all the little cousins. Our group is growing, and next year there will be at least one more added to the group. (cough cough...Are you having a baby too April?)
Hunter was a year old this Christmas!
Oliver was three years old this Christmas and full of spunk!
Emmarie was three this Christmas too, but I think she might be full of sass.
Halle is our big girl at four years old. She is a pro at this by now.
Dylan was our newest arrival, and he did a great job of staying still for all the photos. 3 month-olds are good at that.
Getting a group shot of everyone proved a little difficult, so I applied the technique of "snapping, snapping, just keep snapping." There are at least a few of every child looking even if they are the only one. ;)
When we all get together like this, I try to take a family photo of everyone. This is something that my mom has done since we were all little.
We try to sneak a few cousin pics and general goofiness as well.
It was an amazing evening and these are the memories that I treasure through-out the year. We left late, but I didn't mind the drive home because I had lots of blessings to think and meditate on during the drive.