Wednesday, December 31, 2014

pre-christmas fun

My parent flew into town a few days before Christmas in order to celebrate with us.  On their first night here, we had our traditional pancakes, bacon, and noodles and syrup dinner and watched "Elf".  The next night, we introduced them to the delicious Peruvian food at Viva Chicken and then headed to the Billy Graham Library to experience Christmas at the Library.

billy graham library
While we did not have time to do the Journey of Faith tour (the line was two hours long!), we enjoyed the live nativity and the grounds.  We stopped in the Dairy Bar for hot chocolate, checked out the gift shop, took pictures in front of the Christmas tree, and enjoyed story time and the carolers before calling it a night.

decorating christmas cookies
The next day we made sugar cookies and spent the afternoon frosting and decorating them.  And then we spent the next few days eating them!

christmas eve fun
On Christmas Eve we went to church and then came home to have our traditional pizza dinner and watch classic Christmas movies.  Nick and Grandpa tracked Santa on the NORAD website and kept everyone apprised of his location throughout the evening.

presents and reindeer food
Before bed everyone got a chance to open one present (they all got a new book to read in case they woke up early!) and we sprinkled reindeer food on the front lawn.

waiting for santa
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.

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