We started our official holiday with a Christmas Eve service at our church. That's been a tradition in my family for years and years. I have learned that over the years, traditions ebb and flow, but I'm sure glad this is one that has stayed.
|Singing Silent Night with daddy.|
|Family photo opportunity at church.|
We followed up on one more holiday tradition before heading for home on Christmas Eve, a drive around Tremont Terrace to see the beautiful luminaries.
After reading a few of my favorite Christmas stories to Grace, Kyle and I exchanged presents. Somehow or another, we got started our first Christmas together opening gifts on Christmas Eve, and it just sort of stuck. I think we both get so excited about watching the other one open their presents that we just can't wait for Christmas morning.
|I love that sweet smile when we opened presents.|
|Ready to cheer for her Bison!|
|Grace and I got matching socks for Christmas. They say "I am amazing."|
At Kyle's mom and dad's house, Grace really enjoyed playing with her cousins, Keelen and Quincy on the floor, and we enjoyed catching up with everyone. Kyle's mom made homemade pizza for lunch, and I think we all ate a bit too much of the holiday goodies!
|Our family photo keeps growing!|
|Our favorite little sweeties!|
|Reading books with Grandma Kim.|
|Snuggling with Uncle Shane.|
This year's menu was soup and sandwiches, and we loved it. None of us even had room for dessert, but we made up for it later.
|Snuggles with Uncle John and Aunt Emily.|
|Grace and daddy got matching shirts!|
|She's definitely our "Amazing Grace."|
|Playing "Jingle Bells" with Grandma Susie.|
Although the festivities were over, we enjoyed a chance to be together, share laughter and hugs, and enough magic to last us until next Christmas.