It begins with a sleepover. All the kids sleep in one bedroom together. Well, except the bambino. He kept to his crib. The rule is, when they wake up they have to come straight into mom and dad's room, and it can't be before 7 am. This is the first year they have actually come in at 7. They usually sleep in until at least 8.
Here is a shot of our tree on Christmas Eve. Naunee came over and we watched "The Nativity Story" while we did last minute wrapping.
When we are all up, the kids line up in the hall youngest to oldest. We usually have them come one at a time into the living room, but since this house is set up a little differently than our last, they all came in together. They take a look at the tree and then commence the stocking hunt.
At our house, Santa hides the full stockings. Stockings are our favorite part!! Even Tailgunner LOVED his stocking. He didn't want anything else for a while. :)
DH got some sparklers in his stocking, so guess what we did once it became dark? :)