After the service we go to my mom and dad's house for Christmas Eve munchies!!! Greenberg turkey sandwiches, rotel cheese dip, 7-layer dip, chips, sausage balls, pigs-in-the-blanket, and DESSERTS!!! My mother makes the most wonderful CHOCOLATE desserts you've ever tasted! Oreo truffles, mini chocolate pecan pies, fudge, cream cheese and chocolate chip swirl cakes, chocolate and caramel brownies!!!... you have to eat dessert in shifts so you can get a taste of everything! It is heavenly! :-)
The food is always followed by gifts... tons of gifts. With 4 kids in my family and four spouses and seven grandchildren... you can just imagine!! It's a fabulous time, especially watching the kids! This year they all put on their Christmas pj's that my mom bought them. They all looked so precious! Here are some snapshots of our evening...
Mallory and Jack decked out in their Christmas best for the Candlelight Service
We let the kids open the gifts we had for them before going to the Candlelight Service.
Mallory loved her "Mr. Rabbit" from Alice in Wonderland.
Jack got a Snoopy and an Old Navy baseball cap.
My Daddy and Mama
Mallory loved her new coat, Twinkle Toes!, and rolling princess backpack Nana and Papa gave her!!!
And, Jack was crazy about his Mickey Mouse rolling backpack!!!
My sweet Mallory
After all the gifts were opened, Daddy read the Christmas Story from Luke 2 and the kids placed the nativity pieces in place as they were mentioned. This has been a special tradition for my family every Christmas Eve!
We tried to get a picture of all the cousins in their pj's.
Can you tell what Jack thought about that!?!
He was NOT a happy camper! :-) HA!
Isn't that a hoot?!?! Pictures with Santa he's ok with!
Pictures with his cousins make him cry!
I hope you had a very, merry Christmas!!!
We sure did!