Woke to rain still drizzling down making for a dreary Christmas Eve 2014.
Hubbie helped which was great, although he would only wrap the square boxed ones , haha !!
We took a break and ate lunch during the wrapping to give you an idea how many gifts there were !
We did get it finished and all the gifts under the tree in time to make a delivery up to the church with gifts for the pastors.
Chores were done early and g-son arrived to stay with us while his mom went early to go over the music once again and his dad and Aa went to place the traditional "Santa" gag decoration on the porch of the associate pastor's house. This "Santa" gets moved to a new undisclosed location each year ! This is the associate pastor's wife with him after they found him residing with them tonight.
The candlelight service was very nice as usual, this is my favorite service of the year.
We got to church early so we could help with little EL and also get a seat downstairs instead of the balcony like last year. The church filled to capacity again this year as 6:00 rolled around.
The kids did as good as expected during this service, both were entranced by the candles.
Then the entire congregation carried our candles outside and sang Joy to the World for the community to hear.
It was a beautiful way to begin a night of celebrating the birth of our precious Savior.
All of us plus #2 son who was just getting off work made our way to our house for our normal dinner and Christmas present opening party.
The kids were both vibrating with excitement at the sight of all these pretty wrapped packages They could hardly hold still for one picture before the celebrating began. Sorry a lot of these pics are blurry, part because I can't figure out how to operate this camera and part because the kids were moving so fast,haha !! A prayer was fitting as this evening began even it was on TV.
Their first task was to hand out all the presents under the tree and EL thought this was great and she was so cute giving everyone their gifts.
I think by the expressions on the faces that all were pleased with what was inside the pretty wrapping paper.
After all the packages were opened and the excitement of the evening wore off they were ready to conk out.
After everyone left it was as if the air bubble I've been in for the last month was stuck by a pin. As hubbie and I picked up and cleaned the dishes it is always hard to believe all the preparations for this night come to an end so fast.
As I went out to shut the doors of the hen houses, I made this picture of the back of the house with all the lights on for probably the last time this season.
The last photo of the night , how could we have all this excitement and not include the 4-legged kids who also got new furry toys to play with but had already tucked them safely away in their special places.