Friday, December 26

Our Christmas Day

As the last day of Advent came to an end, we were just preparing ourselves for midnight mass.  This was the first time our family had ever attended a midnight mass (which actually began at 11!) but Ryan and I really wanted to share it with our family at our new parish.  This is truly what Christmas is about, and we wanted to give God the first part of our day to celebrate His birth!

We got to church early enough to get a seat in the front row, which isn't uncommon for us but I was nervous about it because it was SO LATE and the boys were so tired.  They both fell asleep on the way to church and it was difficult for them to wake up and go inside!

Once we got settled, Luke was asked to carry baby Jesus up with the procession.  He was so very proud



Christmas morning came very early the next morning, since we didn't get into bed until 2:30 am!  They were still up bright early at 7 am, ready to see the presents under the tree!  They opened their stockings and had some breakfast before tearing into more gifts.  It wasn't chaotic- we took our time, opening a gift, eating some cereal, opening another gift, eating some homemade cinnamon rolls, then a few more gifts.  They had a chance to play and enjoy their things while the adults had a chance to get some coffee!

The boys got matching fireman jackets and hats from Grandma and Grandpa, along with some walkie-talkies!  They also received a lot of new knights and an amazing castle for their collection.     Beth received some knitting needles and yarn, a kit to make felted animals, some matching clothes for her and her doll, and some other crafty-type items.  Caeli received some clothes, two baby dolls, and some fancy silver shoes from MawMaw and PawPaw.  Ryan got some tools and I received some nice black boots, some books, and a stand mixer from Ryan!  

We had had dinner around 2:30 and then Beth and I went to visit my grandmother for a little bit.  We all went to bed a little early that night. :-)

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