Saturday, December 26, 2009

Twas the Night Before Christmas...

We had a great Christmas Eve! It was a quiet day at home for us. Then that evening we went to the Vesper Service at church. It is a nice time to focus in on the real meaning of the season. Each year we deliver "blessing baskets" after the service. These are basket of goodies the church prepares for people who have to work on Christmas. We usually take one up to the floor where Matt works at the hospital. After that, we stop at the local Chinese restaurant (it is the only place open on Christmas Eve) to pick up some dinner. We come home and eat it around the coffee table and then have a birthday party for Jesus. It is such a fun night for us full of traditions that help us think about what the true meaning of Christmas is!

Ben and I made cupcakes for our birthday party for Jesus this year. They turned out really cute.

Here we are singing Happy Birthday to Jesus. Ben had been practicing all day.

Baby Kate and Mama!

Kate hanging out under the tree. Kate did great going to church and to the hospital. She rode in her new sling and loved it.

At the vesper service, the pastor tells the Christmas story to all the children up front. Ben did great sitting and listening. You can see him on the far left in the picture.

Matt and Ben with our Blessing Baskets!
Eating our yummy Chinese food from China Cook!
Ben leaving his cookies and milk for Santa.