Our Christmas celebrations started off with Chad's family on the 23rd. We had everyone over to our house. We don't get together that often with his side since everyone is scattered out throughout the state, so it's always nice to be able to catch up. On Christmas Eve morning our first stop was...the clinic so Payton could get her stitches out. Luckily, it took like 3 seconds for the doctor to remove them. :) That evening we went to church at Bethany, the church I grew up in, and then my parents had their annual Christmas Eve gathering. Last year, for the first time ever, I missed out on church services and my parents' gathering. I was so disappointed to miss it. I know I've said it before, but singing "Silent Night" by candlelight is just magical. That is by far my favorite part of Christmas Eve.
|Kaylee and Payton in front of Nana's tree. Ready for Christmas Eve service.|
|The fam :) Someone on facebook commented on this picture saying it looked like I have a New Year's Eve headpiece on...it sure does. Oh well.|
|Aaron and his crazy dog, Osky|
|Olivia and Payton...love this picture. Payton thought Olivia was pretty sweet and was loving playing with her. I love how their dresses kind of match...love little girl Christmas dresses!|
We stayed the night at my parents' house on Christmas Eve and made sure that Santa knew Payton was there. :)
|Presents from Santa|
|Opening Bitty Baby|
|Opening gifts with Papa|
|So apparently my dad was cleaning out some things, and decided that Chad needed this Psychology of Coaching book--I'm guessing copyright 1960....Only my dad :)|
|Opening her stocking|
|Christmas tradition--reading the Christmas story from the Bible. My grandpa read it for years, then I read it for a few years, and now it's Aaron's job. I love this tradition.|
|Opening presents with Kaylee|
|Payton giving her great-grandma a hug|
|Payton and Kaylee are showing my grandma a video on the cell phone.|
This Christmas was so much fun for us because Payton really got into it. It's so great to see Christmas through the eyes of a child.