Our start w/ a youth choir mass on Christmas eve at 3:30, then dinner at his parents. They get gifts there, then we come home in our pjs. Do the Advent wreath, singing, Santa cookies and milk, reindeer food, then bedtime. Then santa workshop comes to life for adult children and parents. We crash around 4am, and hope they sleep in til at least 7. One by one, they get up, but No one is allowed down the stairs until parents are up, and everyone is awake, and pottied. Then they line up on the steps and wait patiently there as dad gets the camera, and me the coffee. In their pjs on the steps, we stall for my parents to arrive, and we sing a round of "Happy Birthday" to Jesus, and thank Him for the Blessings. The stockings come next, then presents under the tree from santa, breakfast, and relax.
at 12:49 AM on Dec. 7, 2008