Christmas Eve was a busy one for us this year! After a long day of baking the day before, we woke up and had a little house cleaning to do!
Then, we let the kids choose one gift under the tree to open! Addison opened up her gift from the Ladners, which was a Barbie!
Tyler got a wooden tractor from the Ladners! (Thank you!!!!)
(can you see the excitement on his face?!)
We went to our church's Christmas Eve service at 3, then came home, changed, and loaded up the van with ham, cookies and kids, and headed over to our friends house. We dropped off the kiddos and food there and then jumped in our friends car and drove down the road with them to ANOTHER friends house for a lovely Christmas Eve cocktail party! Complete with a Jersey Santa! "Eh! Ho! Ho! Ho!"
Then it was back to Jim and Felicia's for dinner! Jim put olives on Addison's fingers...
and when she didn't want to eat them... he did! Which, I think, surprised Addison a little!
We had lots of squishy face photo opps!
We had quite a spread of delicious food, that we ALL ate too much of, including a fried turkey, a ham, delicious salads, and pupus, and of course, wine!
Growing up, my dad always read this to us before we went to bed on Christmas Eve, and he has continued this tradition with our children. Since we were not in Iowa last Christmas he and my mom got the kids the recordable book with my Dad's voice reading the story! So now, we can still carry on this tradition even if we aren't back home! I absolutely love it, and so do the kids!