Christmas has come again! One fun tradition we started a few years ago was Christmas Eve church with my two best friends and their families. None of us ever had big Christmas Eve plans, everything was Christmas Day, so we started going to church together. It’s turned into an annual tradition. Liv and I getting ready to go…
The three of us typically have a nice dinner at home after church and the tradition has been crab legs the past few years. YUM! After that we usually watch a Christmas movie and hit the hay so Santa can come. Which is of course when the real work begins! I do think we have the pets all set!
Bill and I open our gifts on Christmas Eve, another tradition we started after having Olivia. Her gifts are the only ones under the tree on Christmas Day so this is the nice, tidy calm before the storm! The weeks of shopping and wrapping are complete.
Good morning! Time to open presents!
I will spare you the million pictures I took of present opening and just share a couple!
Molly REALLY wanted her presents!
After the fun at our house it was time to head to Pani’s house for the day! Whose gonna clean this up?!
Oh look, more presents! :)
Grandma and her girls!
My mom started a tradition several years ago of family gifts. The Galganskis and the Denhofs always get some sort of fun family gift. Years past have been things like gym memberships, an RV rental and camping trip, Cedar Point Trip, a weekend in Detroit and Tigers game. Always awesome stuff we can do as a family. Sometimes there are clues involved as we try and guess. Here we are trying to figure out what this gift is all about!
Hmmmm, we still aren’t sure!
We put the clues together and figured it out! A trip to Mackinaw Island complete with dining and bike rentals! Boy, do I have a pretty awesome mom! ♥
Some more present opening with Meg and her new headband!
And Suzie-Q got the Thal’s box this year. A box that has been passed around for YEARS! The receiver has to give a gift in the box the next year!
Mom and Craig taking a festive picture in their Santa hats. We were lucky to have Craig join our celebration this year since he is usually out of town.
Just a Molly & me selfie. She was a good girl at grandma’s house!
Last but not least, the ladies in our matching hats!
I do have a couple more pictures and these are from the Denhof Christmas. We were the hosts this year. Hear are the little kids getting their gifts. We separated them from the teens this year and did a fun game with the older kids. Wish I’d taken a picture of that! It was pretty funny!
And then after everyone left, Olivia got to open her presents from Aunt Anne. ♥
Another fun and blessed Christmas with family. What could be better than that?