instead of telling you what we did christmas eve, i figured it would be better to show you what we did. so, here is a picture story of how we spent our christmas eve this year (or, technically it would be last year...). after driving around to see the luminaries we came home to get the girls ready for bed and do last minute preparations before santa came. of course, as we were doing all of this we were tracking santa on the norad santa tracker. this way the girls could make sure they went to bed before he got to our neck of the high desert!
as soon as the girls opened their christmas eve present, of our choosing, (new pj's) and got dressed in said new pj's, lala had to go outside and sprinkle oats for santa's reindeer. she got special oats with sparkles from preschool. the sparkles, if you were wondering, are to help the reindeer find the oats! who knew!?
while lala was busy sprinkling oats, nani was writing her note to santa.
then daddy read, "twas the night before christmas", while nani put the finishing touches on a homemade gift to put under the tree and lala pondered what she was going to write in her note to santa.
kawena wasn't interested in the book daddy was reading, so she found her own book (a great book called pinkalicious) to read to lala's pink bear. how appropriate!
then, it was time to turn to more spiritual things as we read the account of the birth of christ from luke 2.
with the stories read and the notes written, the girls placed a plate of goodies on the fireplace flanked by their notes which both contained very vital questions for santa!
i was very impressed with how well lala wrote her letters all by herself. not bad penmanship for a 5 year old!
and just before sending them off to visions of sugarplums, we snapped a photo of our girls in front of our purple and red christmas tree wearing their new pj's. do they look ready for sleep or what??!
and then the adults stayed up WAY too late preparing for christmas morning! why does that always happen?