Every year on Christmas Eve with Adam's family we gather at his Aunt's house and have dinner with all the extended family that can make it. We put on the nativity play and read the scriptures. We also put up our ornament. Grandma Cole has an ornament for everyone that they got when they joined the family, either by birth or marriage. We go down the list from oldest to youngest and everyone puts their ornament on the tree and gets their picture taken. Grandma Cole has picture books filled with them and you can see all the children growing up every year as they put their ornament on. Its a fun tradition.
One of my little shepherds.
Joseph and Mary (Porter and Esther) going to Bethlehem to have their baby.
The shepherds in the fields. Grandpa Sampson narrating in the background.
An angel of the Lord came down. They were in awe, obviously. :)
What a cute angel Michelle made. Her halo even looks like it is glowing.
They wrapped the babe in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger.
The necklaces are gold, frankincense, and myrrh from the wisemen.
Most of the cast.
Another of my shepherds holding Jesus.
All three of these cousins were born in the same year. I can't wait to see them together as they get older.
Opening their Christmas Eve 'surprise'
Christmas morning. They couldn't come to the living room until Michelle was up too, so they anxiously waited at the end of the hall for her to come out. Charlotte had developed a fever in the night, but she was still up and ready to go with everyone else, just a little subdued.
I don't think she realized she had a stocking too. She was content to check out all that the boy's got.
Gabe and Porter both got handwritten notes from Santa. Last year Gabe got a Buzz Lightyear from Santa that got a short in the wiring not long after. It would go off randomly in the playroom and try to recruit toys to fight Emperor Zurg. Creepy The batteries came out pretty quickly. He was very sad about his Buzz and Adam tried to fix it, but couldn't. All the parts were sealed up in the plastic so even when he took it apart he couldn't get to it. But for Christmas Gabe took it with him Hoping Santa could fix it. Santa drilled into it and was able to fix it and glue it back together again, so he left him a note telling him he brought and elf with him who was able to fix it and he was sorry it had broken.
Porter kept trying to take Gabe's stocking because he liked it better. It had a snowman on the front and Porter's had a Reindeer that he had decided he didn't like. So Santa left a new stocking for Porter that had a snowman on it and a note saying Santa hoped he like it better.
Gabe had asked for an Ironman costume for months. He was so happy to get it and didn't take it off for about three days.
Dad trying it on.
Charlotte finally got around to looking in her own stocking.
Her favorite from the day, a stroller. She even got a super cute mini cabbage patch doll to go in it from her Grandpa Sampson.
Daddy reading her a story.
Cuz he's such a good "Pop" :)