Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

December 19, 2009

This year we decided to celebrate Eric's family Christmas at our new home. We always celebrate with them on Christmas Eve, so I took the day off before Christmas Eve to clean the house and get all the food ready. It's tradition that we go to church on Christmas Eve night, although last year Bella cried so much we had to leave church before it even started! This year our service is at 6 p.m. I am planning on cooking all day before, and just warming it up when we get back. Eric's parents are coming over during the day to help cook, and bring all their presents to put under the tree. Mom said she will stay here and keep the food warming while we go to church. Mark has to work that day, so they will be over around 7, which is when we'll be getting home, so it works out perfectly! After we all get here, we'll celebrate with Christmas dinner, and then let Bella open her Christmas gifts from everyone. I can't wait for her to actually get to open them herself and get the whole idea of Christmas. We're trying to teach her that it's about Jesus' birth, so hopefully church can help us in that aspect. We also try to teach her about giving. We want her to know that Christmas is not only about opening presents, but spending time with family, and helping those in need as well.

After she opens her gifts, we'll head upstairs so she can go to bed. Then we'll open all of our gifts with Eric's family. We all sit in a circle and open them one at a time, so everyone can see what each got. Makes it a lot more fun! Then we finish by playing games together. This is always tons of fun! This year we are playing some brain game on the Wii, and Guesstures. I thought it would be hilarious to see everyone try to act out the things on cards. Eric's mom & dad always have prizes for the winners of the games. It's tons of fun!!

Christmas morning, we will wake up around 6 a.m. or so & let Bella open her gifts from Santa! She met Santa yesterday at school and told him she wants a baby doll, Spiderman, and Barney. Hopefully, Santa listened well and she will get all the gifts she wants. We also wrote a letter to Santa and took it to Macy's so they could get it to him as quickly as possible. (Macy's donates money to Make A Wish Foundation for every letter they receive to give to Santa!) This is the 1st year she understands who Santa is and what he means. It just makes Christmas magical again having her here and so excited for Christmas to come!

After she opens her gifts from Santa, we will get into the car and drive to my Dad's house. Christmas morning at Dad's is so much fun. We all get there around 10ish and right away we open all the gifts. Then Dad makes a yummy breakfast! We all eat, and then it's back to bed for most of us. I will stay up until Bella takes her nap and then nap right along with her. It's tradition in our house to watch my Dad's favorite Christmas movie, A Christmas Story! He loves the Red Rifle! haha Me & my sister always just go along with it, but we secretly love watching it as well! After all the movies have been watched, we have our Puerto Rican Christmas Dinner! We have pernil (roasted pork), rice & beans, and pasteles (can't describe these, but they are my absolute favorite!!) Then it's relaxing on the couches and just catching up.

Saturday we are going to Carol & Jack's in the morning. We haven't seen them in months, and it's always nice to catch up. Carol has always been like a second mom to me, and she was my mom's best friend. She just loves seeing Bella and letting her play with all her toys! And I love eating her homemade Christmas Fudge!! :)

Christmas is such a wonderful time for our family, and especially for Bella. We hope everyone has a wonderful, magical, special, love filled Christmas! Please remember the reason for the season, there would be no Christmas without Christ! Love you all and have a very Merry Christmas!!

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