My family's traditional Christmas Eve:
My mom's Santa collection:
The Program: (sorry for the fuzzy pictures - I have a flash phobia)
A couple of vocal solos...
Tess told a joke...
These brothers did a Santa skit...
I-man did a piano solo...
Addie sang a solo and then the two of them performed a cello/piano duet that they had composed called, "The Fire of Winter." It's pretty awesome - I will try to put in on youtube someday.
She shared some artwork...
The parents had a special presentation for us. They shared a touching true story about a Christmas when my dad's mother was a child - The Story of the Christmas Socking.
They gave each family a copy of the story with a replica of a vintage Christmas stocking. It is truly a treasure.
Then it was on to the Nativity:
SJ took her role as "Mary" very seriously! She held very, very still - which for her is highly unusual.
A couple of lovely angels:
A handsome wise man. There was a shepherd too but his picture did not turn out.
Finally, a very kind and caring "Joseph."
Time for dessert and presents!
The most exciting presents were the red-ear slider turtles that my parents presented to "J," Cate and SJ.
The kids were thrilled!
Kip also received a very special present - the pocket watch that belonged to his namesake.
It was a wonderful evening - turtles and all!