Everyone got over there around 4:30 and we snacked on a ton of yummy appetizers. Cheese dip, cocktail wienies, veggies, sausage pinwheels, shrimp, sandwiches, etc... No one will ever go hungry at my parents house.
Then it was time for presents! First, Papa told the Christmas story, and why we celebrate Christmas. All of the kids knew it was all about Jesus, so we are doing something right!
This year, we all picked names, and even the kids all picked names. It works out much better that way. Because buying 25 gifts would be a lot! My parents gave us the gift of internet! We actually got it a couple of weeks ago, and have been loving it! Up until now, we have just used our iphones for everything. But it is so nice to have wi-fi throughout the whole house! They also have us a new blu-ray player with wi-fi, so we can stream netflix through that! Now we just have to figure out if it will work with our older tv.
After traditional presents, it was time for the White Elephant gifts! That is always so much fun, and we all laugh a lot.
To me, Christmas night is a little sad, because it is all over. There is such a build up and anticipation, and just like that, it's gone. But spending the evening with my family, and staying late helps to ease that feeling. We are so blessed with so much, and I am so thankful that we have the chance to spent Christmas with all of our family!