Ben decided to take his Christmas vacation a day early and so he was home from work beginning on the 23rd (and he doesn't have to go back until this coming Monday...wohoo for long vacations!). After running some last minute errands that morning, we decided to attend a Christmas Eve service at a local church that evening. Here we are before the service:
I wish I could say she stayed that way, but I think all of the lights and music were just more than she could handle. The big kids LOVED it, but Olivia was so distraught she couldn't even eat...and did not fall asleep until much later that evening. Can we say "over stimulation?!"
Anyway, the next day was Christmas Eve and we began the morning with opening stockings.
The Target $1 section provided most of the spoils.
Even Ben got a stocking full of Packer goodies...did you know they make Packer toothbrushes?
We began our Christmas Eve celebration with a birthday party for Jesus, complete with games like balance the ornament on a spoon relay...
and a Santa's sack race relay...
followed by singing Happy Birthday to Jesus complete with candles to blow out and little chocolate Christmas tree cakes to eat.
Olivia mostly watched, but we made sure she had her very own candy cane.
After we read the Christmas story together, opened the last door of our advent calendar, and ate lunch, we opened presents around the tree.
One of Zach's favorite gifts was his Buzz Lightyear walkie-talkies. Even though he still doesn't really quite understand how to use them, he LOVES them nonetheless.
Here's Allie with a few new books she loves. Her favorite gift was definitely the color-changing hair Rapunzel doll.
There was Packer attire gifts for all the boys in the family.
And, since it is this little babe's first Christmas Eve, I couldn't resist including a few more pictures of her (notice the outfit change? Yep. That was because after just one present being opened she completely filled her pants to overflowing. The kids were very patient while they waited for her to rejoin the festivities...which was definitely difficult for them seeing as they had already had to wait ALL. MORNING. LONG. I was reminded of this by both children while the third was being de-pooped).
We finished out the day by playing with all the kids' new toys, waiting for Ben to return from an emergency battery run (apparently we did not realize some toys still take 9-volt batteries) and although I had grand intentions of making a nice Christmas Eve dinner, we called up Olive Garden To-Go instead. We had a wonderful time celebrating with just the five of us! And, I'm fairly certain we ate more Christmas cookies than should ever be allowed for one family to consume during the course of a day.