We had a GREAT Christmas Eve a couple days ago. Hosted my Mom, Dad, Gramma, Aunt (and family from Onalaska,WI), and Unlce (and family from Shakopee, MN). It was wonderful to have everyone up - especially since the drives up were less than fun for the two Wisconsin drivers (my mom drove my dad and gramma up from Madison, and my uncle drove my aunt and 2 cousins up from Onalaska). And I'm sure the drive from Shakopee wasn't as fun in the snow as it could've been ;)
My cousin's birthday is Dec 24th and we celebrated it with a DQ ice cream cake (decorated with SpongeBob, of coures). I love celebrating her birthday every year with her!
Everybody stuck around for dinner (after way too many appetizers) and we eventually opened a ton of presents. We enjoyed being with everyone and having everyone feel comfortable at our homes. The Wisconsin contingents stayed overnight and got up to head out for Christmas Day celebrations back in Wisconsin.
Our family made it to Christmas Day mass very early (without need, for some reason, as church was barely full?). And we've had a great Christmas weekend at home for a change.
I posted a bunch of Christmas timeframe picks. Don't try to figure too much out. My daughter had a Christmas show at her pre-school, the kids made cookies with Mommy, we opened gifts forever (and at multiple times), we enjoyed dressing up for Christmas mass, and and we took a bunch of fun pictures of the family - I say "we" because I'm not sure who took many of them :)
Merry Christmas. Buon Natale!
And Happy New Year, too :)