We also had one for the 8-12 year olds. That was more of the traditional Nana Sleepover. We had some pizza, went to see a neighborhood train display - amazing, decorated Christmas cookies, went caroling to neighbors, made up skits with bags of props, played games, read a story under the Christmas tree, then watched a Christmas video to encourage sleep. In the morning we enjoyed golden puffs. bacon and oranges. These cousins LOVE to be together and any time I can help them accomplish that, they are happy
We went to the park, the dollar store and played at the house after a breakfast of pancakes, bacon and juice...they all agreed on the menu.
We love having friends also. The Carpenters from across the street joined us for a Family Home Evening. Annie gave a great lesson on the birth of the Christ child, we played games and decorated Christmas trees. We love these neighbors.
Christmas Eve was a sit down ham dinner. Everyone contributed and it was DELICIOUS! Later we enjoyed a reading of the Christmas story with carols interspersed, sung by all and accompanied by Carol Lynn on the violin and Sam on the piano. We then shared our thoughts about how the Savior had blessed our lives throughout this past year. We felt a special spirit as we listened to some, including grandchildren who had gained a greater understanding of the Savior's role and the Atonement in their lives. We then knelt in prayer all together to thank our Heavenly Father for his tender mercies and love throughout the year.
Christmas Eve would not be complete without the yearly reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Papa, complete with whistles and all of us joining in on the last phrase, "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!" (That came after the prayer) Then all disbursed to their homes in hope that Santa Claus would visit them that night.
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