Scenes from Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is a big deal in our house. So I decided to give it it's own post. In my family growing up we even opened all our presents on Christmas Eve. In my little family we don't, but we definitely fill the evening up with about a million traditions. It's my favourite night of the year.

After some soccer fun with friends (followed by some vigorous whining to go home as if that would somehow speed the arrival of Christmas morn') we did some baking and some caroling cookie deliveries.

There was also the building of gingerbread houses (it was not the same without you Uncle Marc!)

And some Gingerbread bubbles (Mrs. Claus and Santa make an early appearance)

Some super over the top excited chillens. (Yes that is 7 year old Gracie with her 11 year old brother on her back. The superhuman strength is bestowed upon all women in our family. The adrenaline helps.)

Daddy presents the lamb. Granny's delicious recipe, made to perfection.

A tablescape for Shona. As you can tell, I did not get too ambitious in your absence. It was pretty though. Tulips are always pretty.

Let's eat! Our traditional Christmas Eve feast. Lamb, roast potatoes, baby peas and Greek salad. Ahhhh perfection.
And of course the sparklyLet us never forget the sparkly in the sugar rimmed glasses.

In keeping with tradition we opened one present and in keeping with the South African tradition theme it was our box from South Africa.

Fifa Gear! Hooray! 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa. If we can't be there, we will wear the gear. With much pride. And joy.

Manic model

Happy daddy

Gangsta models

Thank you, thank you Granny and Grandpa! (And Uncle Seth and Aunt Christina for wrapping up all the details :) We love, love, love it all.

Christmas devotional, carols and cuddle time

Tracking Santa via Norad with not one but two lap-tops. We take no chances.

Daddy narrates the Night Before Christmas. It never fails to enthrall them. Surprisingly. Since we all know how it ends.

Our lovely tree! I am not ready to take it down yet. Christmas came and went far too quickly this year.
The sprinkling of reindeer food. Apparently, adrenaline protects you from the cold too. No coat nor hat for our snow princess. They were out there a while. Doing a very thorough job. (Richters, they sprinkled some in your yard too, just to make sure Rudolph found you.)
The stockings were hung with care (Gracie added one at the last minute for the rabbit-who got a pedi-paw manicure set and the fish-who got some Michigan beach pebbles for his bowl), the milk and cookies were lovingly laid out for Santa, carrots for the reindeer.... and all the efforts well rewarded:

And to all a good night (eventually). Gracie got up about 30 times.

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Koala Green said...

Thank you Sayers. Rudolph found us!!!

Jill said...

Thanks for sharing your awesome Xmas Eve pics...Hope to see you soon...

scrappysue said...

christmas eve looks like a whole lotta fun at your place!

Rachel Cotterill said...

Sounds like a great day all round :)

Anonymous said...

Oh my!!!! Your children are BEAUTIFUL (and this is a totally unbiased opinion), your tree is magnificent, your table is lovely, you are gorgeous, and Aaron is the handsomest of sweet dads. All in all, just lovely! If you do all this on Christmas Eve, what did you do on Christmas day?? So impressed with how you always remember to keep the real meaning in there too! Well done!
Love you so lots,

Jessica said...

I love your pictures!! Looks like you had such a wonderful Christmas. How fun. Your children looked like they were having such a great time. And I LOVE the pictures of you table all decorated. Absolutely beautiful! Stopping by from SITS and love your blog!

Debbie said...

What fun! That table looks incredible.
Dropped by from SITS

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Kirsty, I want to be part of your family. :) What a beautiful table, fun traditions, and lovely family.

{ L } said...

Oh! I so enjoyed reading this post! :) I love Christmas Eve and the magic it brings. You had a perfect night. Your table is lovely and your menu sounds incredible. Your tree is gorgeous too.

Dionna @Code Name: Mama said...

The bubble bath pic is adorable!!

Phunkyrockgal said...

I LOVE the idea of the sugar rimmed glasses. How did you do that?

The Sayer Family said...

WOW! I love all your traditions. Hopefully someday we will be at our own house for Christmas and we can do some of these.

Tammy said...

Love all your traditions...looks like a perfect Christmas...and you had a white Christmas. Here in Washington State we had frost and only frost. I guess that's close enough. Happy New Year!

Janet said...

So every way.

thehorizontalyoyo said...

I love that it takes two laptops to track Santa.