It used to be that we Wilcoxes had our "Christmas Morning" early in December. Back then, our church's Christmas Eve musical production completely took over Dave's life later in December and made it very difficult for us to get a morning together. However, in the last few years, the church has scaled way back to a lovely, simple carol-singing and scripture-reading service that requires much less preparation. And that means that we can open our presents right on Christmas Eve! (Our Christmas Day is reserved for a brief birthday party for Jesus and travel.)
I've given up taking pictures while we're opening presents, so I just have a few from afterward.
Here's Dave helping Matthew with his new magic kit while Esme explores her Lego Cinderella set.
The remains of the day:
And saying goodbye to Daddy in the afternoon as he left to prepare for the service:
Later, here is Meg typing on the brand new, bright red keyboard she got for the iPad. She sat right down and hammered out her first play, a version of the Nativity.
And here is Graham, coopting my casserole carrier (ready for schlepping food to Virginia the next day) as some kind of toddler containment unit.
And that's all I've got! It doesn't make our Christmas Eve look particularly magical or momentous, but from where we sit, it was just about perfect.