On Christmas Eve, we had a family get together with my siblings, Ryan and Sariah, Grandma and Larry, my Aunt Sheila, and my Mom and Ron. We had dinner, chatted, did a white elephant gift exchange and opened presents from my Mom, and everyone else. It was a lot of fun and of course, the kids were spoiled!!
On Christmas morning, we watched Luke 2 in our bedroom before heading out to the living where Santa had left our presents! We then opened gifts as a family! Talmage was sooo excited! I loved that! He was even excited about a candy cane in his stocking. Emma needed a little help opening her gifts and in the end, she was actually more interested in brother's toys.
Later in the afternoon on Christmas, we headed over to Scottsdale to have Christmas dinner with my Dad and Linda, Aunt Sheila, Grandma and Larry, and Linda's two boys, Jason and Devin. The appetizers were amazing and the dinner was even more spectacular. We love dinners at my Dad's because Linda is an awesome cook and my Dad is amazing at the grille! Yum!! After dinner, we opened gifts and were again spoiled!!
I can't believe how truly blessed we are with so much family. We received so many nice gifts this year and were overwhelmed with all the love from those who gave them. This holiday season has been so memorable and we're so grateful for the reason for the season. As I get older, I realize more and more how truly amazing the birth of Christ was. And as a mother, I now have a different perspective on what it must have been like for Mary. I'm so thankful for a loving Father in Heaven who cared so much about us that he would send a Savior, His only Begotten Son, as an example for us and to save us from our sins. It is truly amazing! Merry Christmas!