I can't believe Christmas Eve is here already! But it is, and everyone was so excited for Christmas morning that they were all in bed by 8:30. I'm not kidding. Okay, Dylan was still playing Xbox, but he did it from his bed on the top bunk. Thus, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were NOT hung by the chimney with care, even though everyone definitely was hoping that St. Nicholas soon would be there. As you can see in the top picture, thanks to a living room packed full of new furniture, we had to place the Christmas tree smack in front of the fireplace, and the gifts made it too difficult to reach the hearth. So we settled for putting the stockings out on the coffee table. I'm sure Santa will find them. He's pretty brilliant that way.
All the gifts are ready, under the tree, waiting to delight the givers as much as the receivers when they are opened tomorrow morning. I am so happy that I will be surrounded by my entire family to share Christmas Day, exchanging gifts and enjoying Christmas dinner together.
Besides Jacob and Dylan, we have Ryan and Shera here to add to the fun, and Chris and Sarah will also be spending the day with us. And we will be blessed to have Jacob's new girlfriend Danielle joining us for dinner! Jacob plans to join her family in Snowflake for brunch and then return here in time for dinner. My dad and step-mom, Myron and Kathy, will be joining us for dinner, too.
It will be great to be with everyone tomorrow!
Shera was still in a cooking mood today, so she baked her heart out. She started with this chocolate-cherry dump cake to be enjoyed tomorrow night after Christmas dinner.
Then she made this variation on Mexican wedding cookies, with cocoa and chocolate chips. She sprinkled them with silver, white, and green sprinkles. Finally, she made a cranberry relish with jellied cranberry sauce, oranges, and almonds, which is chilling in the fridge for tomorrow's dinner.
This evening, Jacob asked Ryan to give him a haircut. I'm thinking he wants to look good to meet his girlfriend's family for the first time! Ryan was happy to oblige.
Jacob looks good!
As long as we were in a hair-cutting mood, I asked Shera to give me a trim. My hair had gotten so long, it was always in the way. When it gets long enough to sit on, it's time for a trim!
Shera did a beautiful job. My head feels so much lighter, and my hair doesn't look straggly anymore. It's amazing the difference just a few inches makes!
May each of you have a wonderful Christmas filled with love and family and friends and fun, as well as remembrance of the One whose birth we celebrate at this time. Merry Christmas!