Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

We had a nice quiet relaxing morning on Christmas Eve. Everyone was home from work since it fell on a Sunday this year which was really nice. We got a few last minute things ready for Christmas day and recovered from our party the night before.  Then our family went to church at Ascension Lutheran at 3pm. It was nice to get all dolled up in our Christmas dresses. The church was decorated beautifully,
Once we got home from church we tried to take a few nice pictures in front of the tree.  Winston has to be bribed to sit and pose but he is always looking around for treats.
We tried using the timer for a group shop but the dog insisted on looking at the treat giver not the camera. Maybe we should have propped up the bacon treat on top of the camera. That might have ended in disaster.
We got a nice shot in the end with Winston off stage.
We had a nice quiet dinner together and then relaxed on the couch with some bedtime stories. We always have to read the night before Christmas.
Then Lily read us the Grinch who stole Christmas.
The girls were ever so eager to go to bed for once.
Winston was ready for an early night too. He knew he needed to save his energy waiting up for Santa.
One last pose in front of the tree before it is stuffed with gifts.
Of course they left a plate of cookies and milk for Santa, carrots for the reindeer, and a special note for the big guy too.
Lily had a really hard time falling asleep and kept coming out saying she couldn't fall asleep. We tried all kinds of techniques to fall asleep and after about 9:30pm she must have finally fallen asleep so Santa could come. Alex and I stayed up watching the Holiday but couldn't stay up waiting for the big guy either. Winston did bark a bit in the night so he must have sensed the reindeer were near.
It looks like we must have made the "nice" list!

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