Christmas Eve day I took the kids to my mother's house so I could help get ready for dinner that night. With them there I really was no help. I tried to get them to take a nap around 2 and after MUCH screaming Jackson finally gave in and fell asleep. Then I tried to get Maddie to sleep but she just sang and talked for an hour until Jackson woke up. By then it was 4:20 and I had to get in the shower. I don't think my mom was pleased with the lack of help but they just don't make things easy on me these days.
Once people started showing up my mom was in a better mood. This year we had Mike, Kristen, Raffe, Alyssa, Steve, Eileen, Bruce, Nana Fitzy, Aunt Judy, Allen, Tracy, Donna & Ted.
Maddie and Jackson actually sat at the table for a brief moment and ate some spaghetti. By the time everyone else sat down they were done.
Poppers have been in our Christmas Eve tradition since Chris and I had our second Christmas together in 99. They have the goofiest prizes in them but they always entertain us. We're a goofy crazy bunch so we could really make a napkin entertaining. This is Maddie's first popper. I was pulling the other end and trying to take a picture. She won!
Things were so crazy in the afternoon that I completely forgot to make my creme brule. I have made it every year for the past 8 or 9 so I felt bad breaking the tradition not to mention that we didn't have any dessert!
Chris and I packed up the kids at 9 and headed over to the O'Connell's. Chris and I have gone there every Christmas Eve since our first in 98. Unfortunately Matt and Stacy weren't there but it's always nice to catch up with Mr. and Mrs. O.
The kids went to bed around 11 when we got home and were pretty well behaved for being up so late and not having a nap. As we were bringing them in the house I pointed up to the sky and said "Look! I see Santa flying with his reindeer! Do you see them?" Maddie said with such excitement, "YES!"
We made a big deal to them that Santa was going to come to the house after they fell asleep.
At 4 am Jackson woke up crying for his puppy so I went in to get it for him. Maddie was awake too and said "I want to see Santa." I said "oh no honey! Santa doesn't stay for you to see him." She got really sad and started crying, "I want to see Santa!!!" It was so sad!!!
They went back to sleep and didn't wake up again until 8:30! I think that's the latest we've ever slept (even before kids) and probably won't ever be that late again.