Christmas Eve

Our Christmas Eve was quiet, simple, with just our little family this year. We went to church, toured around to see a few Christmas lights, then back home for dinner, and opening one gift - pajamas. The anticipation of the evening was intense this year. Ava could barely contain herself throughout the day, all in anticipation of S-A-N-T-A.

After opening our pajamas, the girls headed outside to sprinkle the "Magic Reindeer Food." Never heard of it? (me either, it was a first for me this year). It was a combination of oatmeal and glitter that Miss A made in preschool and attached was a poem, that read:

Be sure to take this magic food and sprinkle on the lawn,
On Christmas, Santa's reindeer travel miles before the dawn.
The smell of oats and glitter path will guide them on their way
And you'll wake up to Santa's gifts next morn on Christmas Day!

After sprinkling ALL OVER THE LAWN we headed back inside for our cookies, carrots, and milk plate for Santa. I had on a really cool, new dress ... and we didn't manage an entire family picture on Christmas Eve. The evening was just too rushed and it was more important that the kiddos enjoyed the evening than trying to snap a family picture. Next year, right?

After the carrots, milk, and cookies for Santa and the Reindeer ~ it was bedtime. Miss A crashed and went right to sleep, as did Little O. They both slept until 7:00 am the next morning ... when Christmas arrived.