we spent christmas eve together, just the four of us.
we went to the Y in the morning and got some exercise. then we let the kiddos open their tablets (the one gift ben and i got for them) and we all spent some screen time, all together, in the living room. we took breaks to make food together and eat together. we looked at that lovely pile of presents under the tree and thanked God for the dear secret santas who wanted to bless maddie and isaac with presents this year. we watched It's a Wonderful Life (the first time i'd ever seen that movie!) and wow - this was the right year to see it. i have my family and some very dear friends and i have a wonderful life!
christmas morning my mom and dad came over for breakfast and visiting and the christmas story and some present opening. the sun was shining in the window and we had so much fun giving each other gifts and watching the kids open all the blessings from the secret people. and then, there was lego building. what fun.
in the afternoon we went over to my mom and dad's (my next brother and his family were there, too). we went sledding and ate tasty food and sang a lot of christmas carols.
we had a very thoughtful and a very merry christmas.
i hope yours was very merry, too.