We began the day with a snowman pancake breakfast. I used sharpie markers to draw a snowman face on some clear plastic cups. We filled them with milk and had "snowman juice". The boys loved that idea and are still asking to drink out of those cups.
our Christmas Eve breakfast
After eating we got dressed and drove into town to the mall to spend the morning letting the boys play.
They were tickled when we let them rent these animal rides at the mall.
my boys with our cake
"Happy Birthday, Jesus"
Afterwards we went outside to shoot some fireworks.
David and the boys reading our Christmas book.
my sweet boys in their new pajamas
It has always been my tradition to take a picture of my boys sleeping on Christmas Eve. I also do this on the night before their birthday. I love watching my boys sleep and the photos help remind me of how precious it is.
Once they were asleep we got busy setting out all of their gifts. This was the calm before the storm.
It was around 11:00 before we were all done. We were ready for bed but knew there was no way we were going to sleep just yet. It is tradition here to shoot fireworks at midnight on Christmas Eve and the whole country lights up and it sounds like a war zone. It is seriously the loudest noise I have ever heard. So, we hung out and waited until midnight and then walked outside to watch the madness. Here is a short video of some of the fireworks in our street-
Our neighbors pretty much had a street party complete with speakers and they partied on until around 3:00 a.m. Thankfully both boys slept through it all and even though we got very little sleep that night they slept well. Christmas morning was a lot of fun and I'll share about that next.