Sunday, December 27, 2009

Alveybunch Christmas 2009

Our Christmas was wonderful this year. We all enjoyed our time together and the opportunity to spend it with others. We played most of Christmas Eve and enjoyed a traditional turkey dinner at home in which we invited my sister and BIL over to join us. Later on, we met up with my parents and some siblings at Grandpa and Grandma B's home. To share a little of the Christmas spirit and watch them open their presents. I think next year we'll have to get the kids to dress up and act out the Christmas story as someone reads it from the scriptures.

We left early enough from their house to still let the kids open a present before bedtime: a special pair of pajamas for each of them to wear for Christmas. Bubba pretty much slept through all of the fun but that seems rather common for a baby! We put out a couple sugar cookies on our special Santa plate and then off to bed for the kiddos.

Our little ones are not early risers which is perfectly fine with us. They were up at about 8 o'clock, sleeping in on Christmas morning. Our kids were very good this year and spoiled relentlessly. It looked as though everyone had a gift from Santa under the tree except Mr. A who received a package of coal! There was a note attached that said his gift was outside! We all ran outside to see what Santa had left behind and out in the backyard was a trampoline! Looks like Santa is a bit of a tease, don't you think?!? The kids were thrilled, they never suspected anything.

After being spoiled at home we headed over to Grandpa and Grandma B's for a "little" breakfast and more presents! We were showered with gifts and fun. We had my brother's family so we had to wait until they arrived for them to open their gifts, I was a bit antsy to see what they thought. It was good to have all the siblings together. My brother has been out in Oklahoma for the past month plus all of October for hospital work. We had a blast for our Christmas and the kids are enjoying all their new gifts and playing hard. We played games until late at night and then drove home thoroughly exhausted!

We sure enjoyed the gifts and excitement of Christmas! I think most everyone is a little more thoughtful and loving, a little more generous and compassionate at this time of year. We are so thankful for our gift of the Savior!

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