It is hard to believe we have already reached the end of advent and Christmas Day has come. We spent Christmas Eve morning at home relaxing. I tried to keep the house in a semi-picked up state in preparation for the unkempt state which I knew Christmas morning would bring. I also attempted a few group pictures of the boys. It was not my most successful attempt, but here are a few.
In the afternoon we drove to church for the Christmas Eve service. It was a nice service, though a trying one for young boys. It was a full sanctuary so we found our seats up in the balcony with not a great view–not a great position to be with little people. Sebastian amused himself by poking the stars on the sweater of the kind lady next to us (who graciously wasn’t put off by his stuffy and at times slimy nose) and trying to reach her Christmas ornament earrings. The other boys mostly played with their candles, two of which were broken by the end of the service and Gabriel’s drip guard was in two pieces thanks to Sebastian’s entertaining himself (before he discovered the stars) by taking it on and off the candle. At long last the time came to light the candles. Isaac, Stephen, and Jack held their candles straight with great delight and I am glad to say didn’t come close to catching anything on fire. I held Gabriel’s candle since it was missing the drip guard, but he got to blow it out at the end which was enough for him. Cookies were enjoyed after the service, with the slight mishap of Isaac and Stephen both choosing a cookie containing peanut butter. Thankfully they realized this after the first bite, didn’t eat anymore, and suffered no consequence except giving their momma a few additional gray hairs.
We picked up pizza on the way home and settled down to watch Toy Story 2. Sebastian, who usually has little if any interest in movie night aside from the popcorn amused us with his exclamations over the dog in the movie. After a short intermission to open the boys’ traditional Christmas Eve present (matching pajamas), talking to Granddaddy and Nana on the computer, and putting Sebastian to bed, the other boys bedded down to finish the movie. I had thought perhaps they might go to sleep before the end. When it was over at 10:00 they were all quite awake, but went to bed, after reading the final flap before Christmas on our calendar, without any fuss.