Christmas was on a Sunday this year, so we didn't open our gifts until we all went to Sacrament Meeting at 10am. It was all three Grandview wards combined with a choir from all three wards. John sang in the choir. It was nice to go to church first on Christmas morning and be reminded through word and song about the true meaning of Christmas.
This is how it looked before we opened our presents.
Holly handing out gifts.
Note the interestingly wrapped present beside Heather - it was very hard to wrap.
Brian helping Holly hand out the gifts.
John waiting for the opening of presents to commence.
Heather and Brian checking out their new 2012 calendar.
Holly looking at her new calendar.
This is a new tradition (started last year) that we are having fun creating.
John opening one of his gifts.
Brian with his new "cruise" shirt.
Holly looking happy and cute as usual.
Holly with her new soft and warm blanket from Heather and Brian.
Heather opening one of her many storage container presents.
Brian and Heather are finishing their basement and she wanted storage containers to organize their new kitchen cabinets. Naturally, I wrapped them in as many presents as possible so it would look more exciting. I am sure Brian was thrilled to get all these containers.
Heather looking cute in her new Christmas pajamas and bow.
So glad Brian is willing to put up with all our strange traditions!
He is really fitting into the family nicely.
Brian and Heather opening some gifts.
Holly all decked out in this years ribbons and bows.
John showing off the toaster he really wanted for Christmas.
He must have been a good boy!
Opening Santa gifts - a new chair and bookcase.
Holly opening one of her Santa gifts - a new soup pan so she can make all her yummy recipes. She also got a camera to take on the cruise.
John surprised me this year with a really fun and well thought out gift. He gave me a Belle doll with an invitation and tickets to see BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Capitol theatre in March. I am so blessed to have such a thoughtful husband and look forward to spending this wonderful evening together. We also were fortunate to get WICKED tickets and will be going as a family in August.
After opening gifts, it is tradition to go to Grandma Wellington's house for some lunch and goodies. We open more gifts there from Grandma and get to see our Wellington side of the family. Unfortunately, Brad's family lives too far away to come and we miss seeing them! I forgot to take the camera with us this Christmas so I have no pictures to post of this fun tradition. (I will try to remember to take it next year) We feel fortunate that between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we are able to see many of our extended family members who mean so much to us. We only wish it could be everyone! WE LOVE YOU ALL!!!