Christmas Eve Day we went to early church. While singing "Joy to the World" with a full orchestra, band and choir, Owen fell asleep on Jeff's shoulder. Chase followed soon after while laying on my lap. They were tuckered out before the fun even started! Church was beautiful as usual, as we worshiped the Reason for the Christmas. To us there is nothing more important that celebrating Jesus on Christmas, for what is Christmas without Jesus? It was nice to be there with Jeff's entire family, as well.
After church we came home and had some wonderful appetizers, the kids terrorized the gifts under the tree and ran around. If only my Grandma Charlotte had been there to yell at them a bit for that. This is our first Christmas without her and I miss her. I had several flashbacks to being a kid at Grandma's, as that was the most fun for us.
Sandy had prepared a wonderful meal for us, only to start feeling sick on the 23rd. The same thing happened to her 2 years ago when they were in town for Christmas. We had a wonderful meal of crab legs, a Berger tradition. The children were so so patient during dinner and were very excited to open their gifts after we got done. There were many Santa sightings prior to opening gifts and the kids spent some time looking out the window for him.
What a great night we had with our family. Everyone left around 7:30 after some merunigue dessert and cookies. The boys were sooooo tired and Chase actually asked to go to bed.