Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Night Before Christmas

We didn't have any family parties on Christmas Eve so we went to see the movie The Blind Side (which I highly recommend) with my family in the afternoon and we had our own little family party when we got home. I made a nice steak dinner and then we got to open presents.




Robb and I don't usually exchange gifts but this year we decided to to change it up and we had 3 gifts for Grayden to open, plus some stocking stuffers. I heard of another family that always gives there kids 3 gifts every year for Christmas b/c that's how many gifts baby Jesus received, so I thought that was a neat idea for our family so we always remember the real reason we give and receive gifts in the first place!!











We all got new jammies for Christmas so once we were done opening gifts we changed into them and snuggled up on the chair while Daddy read "The Night Before Christmas"




13 comments:

Nlvaden said...

What a neat idea about the three gifts!

Lori said...

Thanks for sharing your special night! That looks like such a fun relaxing time. I love the jammies idea. We always lounge around in jammies as well!

rlvd said...

great pics of your family enjoying christmas together...rob and i actually always have our own little christmas on christmas eve, too-- he reads the christmas story and we exchange a gift or two. then christmas morn, we do stockings for each other :)

my mom did 3 gifts for us for 5 or 6 years for the same reason...each of us would get one gold wrap, red wrap, and green wrap, i think. i like that idea a lot.

cute tradition w/ the night before christmas reading...our pastor read 'the night before jesus' on christmas eve, and rob and i are going to get it now b/c it was so neat! check it out!

and we also loved 'the blind side'. really a great story and great movie. it just makes my heart feel so warm and i think "that's what it's all about!"


well, thanks for sharing!

Jorden and Kristin said...

that looks so fun! what a good idea about the 3 presents!!! i'm def going to do the jammies idea with our kids! this makes me look forward to having our babies first (and all the rest) christmas!

Jaclyn said...

So cute! I love Grayden's little smile!

designHER Momma said...

I've heard of that tradition too - I really love it. (and we do Christmas Eve new jammies too), which I think is a fab tradition, so all the kids look cute for Christmas Morning pics!

Merry Christmas to your family!

Courtney said...

What a great idea about the gifts!!

TwoDogMama said...

I found your blog through another blog through ICLW posts. I just want to thank you for giving a soon to be waiting adoptive parent hope with your story and also how strong your family is to find such joy in such a tragedy. God bless you and have a wonderful New Year.

Nessa said...

Have been following your blog since I found out I was pregnant. My daughter Elizabeth is 3 months old now. I love looking at your pictures because it always seems like your family are a few steps ahead of mine. I dont think any Christmas has been as special as this one now that I've my little girl to share it with. Hope this new year brings great joy for you and your family

Jodi said...

Great pics!

And I have to ask...how do you get your hair so poofy? I love it! :)

Patrice said...

I love the three gifts idea. My cousin started something like that this year with her newly adopted son. 4 gifts, something to wear, something you want, something you need, and something to read. I wish we had started either one of those when our kiddos were young! Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us!

RN Mama said...

Wow, he looks so happy in all of those pictures! I love it!

Erica said...

I have two questions, one why haven't you and your husband exchange gifts before. Second, maybe this is more of a statement but Jesus received three gifts from the wise men but received other gifts from the shepherds.