Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas Eve at the Kruegers is our annual family tradition.  We eat yummy finger foods, act out the Nativity story, sing Christmas carols, and open presents from each other.  This was the first time in many years, that we were all there together, since my sisters' missions overlapped.

Mary is carefully inspecting the gifts brought by the Wisemen.

Antonio's first Christmas with us he got to play the donkey AND the camel! Lucky guy!

Andrew and Ryan played the piano for us while we sang carols.

Antonio played the guitar.

In our family, we pass out all of the gifts, and then take turns opening one present one at a time in order by age.  Molly could read this year, so she helped pass out the gifts.

After opening way too many wonderful presents from very generous grandparents and aunts, we drove home so that Santa could visit us.  The children sprinkled their reindeer food on the lawn and went straight to sleep.

They woke up around 6 in the morning, eager to head downstairs.

This year, we decided to video tape Christmas morning with our nice camera on a tripod.  So all of our pictures are with our phones, and are not great.  Santa brought Molly an American girl Molly doll and tent for her dolls.  He brought both boys lego sets and video games.

We missed seeing Grandpa Bud this holiday.  He sent lots of nice gifts to all of us and spoiled us rotten. Thank you Grandpa Bud!

Not a great pic, but here is the moment that all three of them realized that they had each received their own 3DS from us.  They were more than a little surprised!

After breakfast, we headed back up to Winston-Salem for lunch with Too-Too at my mom's house.  Chad's parents were in Texas, so we weren't able to see them on Christmas day.

After eating a wonderful lunch, we gathered together to play games.  The children played the Saran Wrap candy ball game. Daniel won the $5 inside the center of the ball. All of the pictures I got were very blurry, since there was so much action.

After the kids played their game, the adults played a present unwrapping game, similar to musical chairs.  We passed the presents around while the music played.  When it stopped, whoever was holding the gift got to peel off a layer of wrapping paper.  Each present was wrapped multiple times.  If you opened the last layer, you got to keep the gift.  It was a fun game, and it even turned into a sing along at one point, as we sang as we passed the gifts.  I love having fun with my family!

I had brought supplies for several more games, but everyone needed to head back their homes or other family's celebrations.  So once everyone left, the Kruegers and the Scribners played the building a snowman game.  Ryan and Molly were so excited to do it again, that they volunteered to be the snowmen!

After our games, we headed over to see Ben, Jen, Alex, and Evin for a little while, then headed back home.

The rest of the weekend was spent playing with our new toys.

On Monday, we headed back up to Greensboro area to see Grandmother Stone.  Although we miss seeing everyone on Christmas Eve, it was wonderful to get to spend time one on one with her.  We ate lunch and spent a few hours together before we headed back home.  Grandmother gifted me with beautiful Christmas glasses and dishes that I remember her using each year at Christmas.  It is a gift I will always treasure. She also bought each of the children  lap desk to use in the car.  It was so thoughtful of her to remember each of my children.  I am blessed that my children have both of their great grandmothers still.

Although it means many hours and many miles on the road, I am grateful to have so much family close enough that we can spend time together on the holidays.  There is no other way I would rather spend my time than with our family creating happy memories and strengthening traditions.

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