This Christmas was extra special because my brother and his family drove out from Montana to celebrate with us - a first since we've lived in Oregon. It was very special to celebrate the holidays with them.
On Christmas Eve my entire extended family on my Mom and Terry's side met at Champoeg State Park and did family photos - times TWENTY NINE people!!!! We actually got every grandchild to the photo session and even managed to get a few shots where everyone was in focus and looking at the camera at the same time. It was a Christmas miracle.
After the pictures, we headed back to our house and our neighbors joined us for a potluck dinner. After dinner the cousins acted out the nativity story while Grandpa Terry read it out-loud from the Bible. It was pretty darling.
|No room in the inn|
|Angels telling the good news|
Before everyone dispersed, we moved our entire group out to walk around the neighborhood and look at the Christmas lights. Other families were out doing the same thing and it was so fun and festive.
After our guests left our kids pitched in and and helped clean and prep the house for another fun gathering on Christmas day. Once everything was done, the kids started hounding us for their Christmas jammies. Delivered every year by "The Elves," new pajamas have become an annual tradition. The girls waffle back and forth between wanting to match and wanting to be their own individual. This year the Elves delivered stylized jammies and the girls were thrilled.
Christmas morning the kids are not allowed to come downstairs until a designated time that involves at least some level of sunlight. They come downstairs to find gifts underneath the tree and stockings that are full. I always make them pose for pictures too.
|Dusty with her new toy|