Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

I am so excited for tonight!!!

My favorite traditions start tonight...and we have a lot of them!

* 1st we will be heading to church for our Christmas Eve service
* Then we head home to our traditional CE dinner (shrimp, cheese...yummy good cheeses, summer sausage, crackers) and talk about all the ways that God has blessed us this year.
* after dinner my kids will share their letters to their siblings and exchange their gifts (I will cry!)
* We will enjoy the evening and then send the kids to their rooms (they all start out sleeping in one room every year, but end up in their own beds...even now and it cracks me up)
*  Steve and I will put their stockings together and then exchange our gifts to each other and of course, our love letters to each favorite part!
* Christmas morning, we will get up early (the kids STILL get up by kids!) and make coffee...I will get one chugged down so I can be pleasant...
* the kids will do the "Bowyer dance" out to the advent calendar and put the angel on top
* We will start with stockings and Santa bags (from my mom)
* and then head to the gifts
* and the BEST part....hear how each person gave their $$ away!!
* then we will eat our cinnamon roll Christmas tree
* hang out all day in our PJs
* and end the day with a wonderful dinner of beef tenderloin

...seriously, I can't wait!!!!

I hope each of you has a very Merry Christmas and thoroughly enjoys the time with your family.  

But most importantly, I pray that each of you know the JOY and HOPE that came with the birth of a baby....the Savior, Jesus Christ.....who died for YOU.

Merry Christmas!


Lisa said...

Merry Christmas, Sara! I was tearing up just reading about your traditions. You are such a good momma...that's clear from how your kids are. Enjoy every moment with them!

Bellezza said...

I loved reading all your traditions, in so many ways similar to ours (from the shrimp to the beef, to the gifts for others, to the Advent calendars). But, we don't do that letter thing, which sounds so wonderful. I love that you started that tradition so long and it still sticks.

My dear son gave me an amythest cross yesterday, couldn't wait for Christmas Day let alone Christmas Eve. My heart rejoices as he's turning more fully back to our Lord.

Merry Christmas, Sara. I love celebrating our Saviour's birth with you across blog-land!

Karin said...

Such awesome traditions you have! Love reading about them. :) Hoping you have a wonderful day together. Merry Christmas!

StephieAnne said...

Ah just make me smile constantly. You are such an inspiration to me.

I love the details of your family festivities - sometimes I feel like I overshare on my blog, but then I read your details and get so warm and encourages me.

You and your family are living the ABUNDANT LIFE! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Mama Belle said...

Um ... can I come to your house?

I know. My parents come over tonight for presents and dinner and then we go to their house tomorrow for lunch. Then, visit all of the hubby's family.

The best part is to come home exhausted and happy.

Merry Christmas, friend!

RaD said...

Merry Christmas right back at ya!

RaD said...

First we'll go to MIL's house for dinner and presents there. Then we'll come home and the kids will get their Christmas PJ's on. Then everyone gets the contents of their stockings. We usually give the kids a small treat and a two dollar bill or a silver dollar. And then bed time! Who knows when the kids will wake up. Usually
just before 7 am.

LuAnn said...

Merry Christmas !!! Funny we have some of the same traditions!! Go figure ! Have fun with your family.

Rebecca Jo said...

Enjoy every minute!!! Merry Christmas!

H-Mama said...

I LOVED your list, Sara! How did your family start writing letters to one another? We may have to adopt this. ;) Have a Merry Christmas, my friend! ((hugs))

Cathy said...

Sounds like such a wonderful time!

Merry Christmas to you and yours from me and mine.

BARBIE said...

What beautiful traditions!

rita said...

I was just going to write exactly what Barbie above did, so I say, 'Mega dittoes' ;)