Monday, December 26, 2011

CHRISTMAS WISHES

Merry Christmas! We had such a nice day yesterday! Having my mom and dad here made it even better! :-) We enjoyed the time with family, the time reflecting on our Savior and the good food. (Not necessarily in that order.)Christmas Eve is our favorite tradition! We had an amazing dinner - complete with turkey, ham, twice-baked potatoes, deviled eggs, stuffing, and sweet potato casserole. (Thanks Amy, for the sweet potato casserole. Scott was thrilled and surprised!) We read the Christmas story, watched "The Nativity", drank hot-chocolate, gave gifts to our Savior and dressed in new pajamas. The girls also performed Christmas music for us. Key Lime Pie played "The Little Drummer Boy" on the violin while Kotten Kandy sang "Believe." They are so talented! One of Scott's favorite traditions is the stockings. We opened our stockings first thing in the morning and ate sweet rolls, before we left for church. Our stockings were fun as always. According to Scott, the best part of the day was the church sacrament program. It was filled with quotes from our latter-day prophets and special musical numbers including our daughters singing "What Child is This?" I was in charge of writing the program and putting together the music (since one of my callings is the ward music director and choir director). After church we opened our gifts. We decided that this year we would only give gifts we had made. Opening home-made gifts was really special. Key Lime Pie made fudge for her grandfather and her dad. She made jewelry for Mil and I. And she really surprised her sister with a new skirt she had sewed. Kotten Kandy sewed aprons for everyone. I had fun giving my book, "Sundy's Extreme Lists" for everyone. I also made a fun game called "The Blessing Game." I got the idea from this blog: http://chocolateonmycranium.blogspot.com/. :-) After opening gifts, we played games, napped, and played more games. "The Blessing Game" was a huge hit!We have carried on our celebration of Christmas today! Scott is off work so we are playing games today also. We played DICEcapades! It was REALLY fun! And we are about to play Apples to Apples - Disney version. (Thanks to Kevin and Kelly who gave us the game for Christmas! :-) I hope all of your Christmases were merry and bright! We wish all of you a happy new year! And may the spirit of CHRIST be with you always!
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