Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas 2008

I hope you had a very blessed and Merry Christmas with your loved ones! We sure did! Our Christmas Eve started with Mom and Dad arriving at our house for the night. We went over to Aunt Sarah and Uncle Dave's house for the Schoeffel family party... good food, lots of love, gifts for the kids. Then off to mass... beautiful as always and boy did the kids look wonderful all dressed up!!! This year, Chris went to celebrate Christmas Eve with his girlfriend, Nicola, and her family. Jessica and Anna continued our family traditions... watching the original "Grinch," writing letters to Santa, putting out the cookies, egg nog and carrots for Santa and the reindeer, taking a few pictures, opening up one special gift, and getting into bed so that Santa could come for his annual visit. Jeff stayed up until 3AM following his favorite Christmas tradition... watching "It's A Wonderful Life" while wrapping gifts. :-)

Christmas morning started at 5:45AM, thanks to Jessica who can never sleep waiting for presents to start! The kids have to wait by their bedrooms until the lights are on, the fireplace is glowing, the music sets the mood, the quiche is in the oven and the cameras are ready... then the kids can come out and see what Santa brought for them. While they are waiting, we give the kids crystal glasses with egg nog or sparkling cider... whichever they wish... When it was finally time to start the celebration, Anna saw her Barbie Dream House, Jessica received a new pink IPOD and Chris tried on his custom OGHS swim parka!

We went up to Mary and John's house for the afternoon celebration... more great food, gifts, hot tubing and my new favorite game, "Rock Band 2." Hope you enjoy the slide show of the sights and sounds of our special day! Merry Christmas!

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