To prepare for Christmas, we all helped put up the tree and decorate it. We also had our family photos taken for our Christmas cards. Our photos were taken at JCPenney and they were quick and painless this year! Even Parker decided he would be in the group photos this year!!
|Parker helped get all the decorations out of the bins|
|This was taken while we were waiting to have our family photos taken|
|Our Christmas card (front)|
|Our Christmas card (back)|
The kids and Carrie made sugar cookies, which has become an annual tradition.
Making and decorating a gingerbread house is also a tradition. Carrie tried to pass the fun on to Shane this year, but that didn't pan out.
So Carrie baked the gingerbread house and icing from scratch (instead of using those pre-made kits)! The baking made the house smell wonderful, and the boys had a good time decorating the house.
|Seth decorated this side|
|Parker decorated this side|
|The front of the gingerbread house|
|Relaxing after cookie baking|
On Christmas eve, we tracked Santa using Google's Santa Tracker. It told us when he arrived at various locations around the world, how many gifts had been delivered, and the temperature at each stop. He sure was quick to deliver a ton of gifts!
We left some treats for Santa and his reindeer: apples, a cookie, carrots, oatmeal and hot cocoa. Parker insisted on the apples because he wants Santa to get healthier (lose weight)!
The kids went to bed that night with no problem. They were all very excited about Santa coming that night. In the morning, the kids woke up the parents at just after 8:00. We have just one rule on Christmas morning, and that is to wait at least until it is light outside to wake us up. So far, so good!
The kids were pretty calm and collected as they opened their gifts from Santa. In fact, they would all find one gift for themselves and open those gifts at the same time. Then they would wait until everyone was ready to open the next gift together. It's a great system they worked out!
|The kids and presents on Christmas morning!|
|Parker was excited about his new train and train table!|
|Isabelle in the aftermath with her presents|
|Taking a selfie with Isabelle's new selfie stick|
|Seth with most of his gifts|
|Seth's new 24" 18-speed bike|
|Seth really liked this marble run|
We also had really fun days in Nelsonville for the Campbell Christmas party, complete with the annual bingo game, in Englewood for the Chapman Christmas party, and at Cathy and Steve's on Christmas Day. We didn't take many photos at any of these parties this year, but this one of the Campbell cousins taking a selfie was pretty funny:
It was truly a great Christmas holiday this year and we are so thankful we got to spend it together with family!