Christmas Eve around here is low-key. We try to keep it very simple so that we can enjoy it. I made a few yummy appetizers & had the rest of the meal catered. We serve it buffet style & eat till we're full.
Before the guys claim the living room to watch movies, we had the kids open presents from each family. However, before they are allowed to open anything, they must pose for a group pic. We like to prolong the torture. ;)
Afterwards the kids all divvy up the gifts & find a spot to open their goodies. Marissa with her pile....
Gianna with her pile....After we get these shots we let them at it! There's paper flying everywhere, lots of squeals of joy & happiness all around. It's great!
This year I tossed out the idea of getting an "everybody" pic. I never seem to remember that I have a tripod but this year I finally did & wrangled everyone into the shot. I refuse to mention how many pics we took before this one....it was the last pic & the best I was going to get.
Of course, then I "had" to get a "sister" pic, leading to more pic taking with the tripod. Once again many pics were taken, some great blackmail pics too! ;)
After everyone left I made my little family take a family pic. They were all tired but I was determined.
Afterwards the girls get their "Christmas Jammies" & leave milk, cookies & carrots for Santa & his reindeer, before heading off to bed. It was the most relaxed Christmas Eve yet! I should make a list of what we did so we remember for next year!!! ;)