In following with tradition, in the morning we all opened our presents when we got up and had some candy cane pastry for breakfast. After, we all waited for Carrie & John to arrive with the baby.
This year Marci, Rebecca, Grandma and John acted out the nativity story as Grandpa read it from the Bible. Then, Grandpa passed out gifts one by one so we could be sure to share in each gift.
The Angel visiting Mary.
Aunt Carrie got Karrots the book, "You are My I Love You." I just about teared up when I read it, which is funny because it just so happened to be a book that came with one she had heard of so it was somewhat of a fluke.
While hanging out between meals there were a number of yummy snacks out as well, including Grandpa's egg nog. As I've married into the family, he let me take home that family secret.
For dinner Grandma had asked all her kids what they had wanted prior to our visit. She made a special dish per request for each of us. We ended up with ham, candied yams, sweet potato & bacon boats, a jello dish, mashed potatoes and rolls. It was delicious! There was even pecan pie and a chocolate fondue set for desert.
Aunt Carrie holding Karrots in her "Baby's First Christmas" hat and onesie
Uncle Tim holding Karrots
The B Family Christmas was Tuesday. After having our own family time in the morning, we headed out for quiche. My brother and his girlfriend even showed up!
Karrots wearing what Aunt Melanie got her for Christmas
After eating we eventually opened gifts, with my mom handing out as many as she could at once.
Karrots helping open gifts
A little reminder that our best gift came as a baby
My brother with the gift we got him
My brother with his girlfriend
Grandpa hanging with Karrots
We hung out a bit afterward, watching TV and talking. At one point we brought a scale down and weighed Karrots. She was exactly 17 lbs.! She's growing so quickly!
We enjoyed spending time with our family this season and hope you all did too!
(BTW - When we got home on Monday night I had received my Snapfish order. It said it was shipped on the 22nd...)