We started off our Christmas festivities with our annual trip to see the Washington D.C. Temple lights and international nativity scenes. They are beautiful. Kate loved the purple tree! And of course, we took advantage of proximity and stopped by Cafe Rio for an early dinner beforehand.
Here are some of our favorite Nativities.
Next, was our church's Christmas party. Ben was the only one who would sit on Santa's lap!
Santa stopped by our neighborhood one night. The fire department brought him in their truck. He handed out candy canes to all the kids and even called a few of them by their first name!
Next, was Kate's preschool Christmas party. They performed a play in which Kate was the "Mom." She was so excited to bring a purse to school and insisted on wearing a skirt to dress for the part. She decided it would be fine to sit on Santa's lap this time around. Jacob of course still refused!
Next on the list was our first visit to the well known 34th Street in Hampden, MD! The whole block decorates for Christmas. It was quite the sight! You know you are in Baltimore when you see crab lights and a Christmas tree made from hubcaps!
Our neighbors brought over a gingerbread kit for the kids! They had so much fun putting it together!
Next was Ben's Holiday party at school. He presented his project on "Chinese New Year," and built a graham cracker house! He did a great job and not surprisingly was the cleanest kid in the class post decorating!
On Christmas Eve, we opened our traditional pajamas, set up some cookies and milk for Santa, and read the Christmas story from Luke 2. We had pancakes shaped as mittens and snowmen for dinner.
On Christmas morning, David and I woke up at 6 and got ready for church. The kids woke up at 7. We opened presents and even had a few minutes to spare to take a few pictures before heading to church at 10. The kids loved all of their presents. Ben's favorite....his lego watch. Kate loved everything. My favorite of Kate's presents was her 1983 vintage Cabbage Patch kid. The smell of it even brought me back to the year I was 4! After church we had a fun, tasty and relaxing Christmas dinner with our friends, the Nelsons.
And last but not least, here is our 2011 Christmas Card! Merry Christmas!