Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Eve

Every Christmas Eve, our family has a tradition to celebrate the ringing in of the holiday festivities by having a party at Nana and Papa's house. In the past 18 years or so that I have been a guest we have had as many as 30 or so people at this annual get together. Years ago a tradition began that we would all go to a Christmas Candlelight Service, then to their home to feast on yummy hors d'oeuvres. YUMMY! I mean a spread like none other. . wings, meatballs, dips, desserts, sausage balls, and any other type of typical holiday snack treats you can imagine.

The kids in their traditional Christmas Eve photo. Somehow all of their outfits coordinated, scout's honor I didn't do it!

Our entire clan with J's family. Notice little AC's face, somehow a precious smile was captured, I loved her expression in this one!

The family with Memom and Pops!

Once our kiddos came into the picture, we started a family tradition of giving the kids fun PJs each Christmas Eve night, sometimes matching, then they would change quickly into their matching comfy PJs, then be ready to head to bed as soon as we got home. This year I thought I would stray from my usual tradition colors of Christmas and go with a fun, wintry, pink and green! Remember we have 9 girls at home right now, lots of pink. The boys were great sports and enjoyed their green penguin pants and little J's fun Santa green PJs. Enjoy the fun photos of our festive night.

AC opening her first set of Christmas jammies. Priceless.

All dressed and ready for bed. Notice the one little elf lying in the front!

Have my youngest set of children decided to form some type of gang I do not know about it. Notice the gang signs? If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this one describes our family a little better. True life. It's great.

And after that, "the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nick soon would be there. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

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