We have worked toward the Christmas holiday for a while, getting things ready, making lists, swapping names in the gift exchange, buying gifts, getting the food ready, baking cookies (but not this year), and all the other fun things we do at Christmas.
This year, as we have for the past few years, we visited the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Park. Organizations and companies decorate trees with themes, and the park decorates the gardens with lights. It was absolutely beautiful and there were so many creative ideas.
|pencils and crayons made ornaments|
|beads and jewels strung in a tree|
There were carolers in the gazebo in the gardens, adding that warm feeling as we walked through the gardens enjoying the exhibits.
There was a snow goddess in her own kingdom in the Davis Center.
|Aaron, Austin, Snow Goddess and Andrew|
|The A-Team standing where the fountain usually flows|
Christmas Eve is such a fun evening. The children are all psyched up for Santa and the gifts they are hoping for. We get together at our house with the family, have a nice meal, some cookies and/or dessert, then exchange gifts. The grandchildren get to open their gifts from us and their aunts and uncles which relieves some of the pent up energy of waiting for Christmas. We do our family gift exchange together on this evening also.
Sugar got into the spirit this year for her first Christmas. She got all decked out.
The best part of any holiday for me is spending time with my family. From our home to yours, wherever that might be, have a wonderful Christmas.
Sugar and Lily are ready for the holiday too and also wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
|Good Night Lily! Good night Sugar!|