Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve

What a wonderful day we had this year, full of family and love.  We started with meeting Tayler and her family for lunch.  We agreed to meet at The Pizza Factory, but when we got there, we found out they were only doing take out that day.  We started talking about where to go instead, when they graciously allowed us to stay and eat.  It was nice to have the restaurant all to ourselves -- and that was great customer service!


Then it was off to Grandma's house for a ham dinner and presents.







Amy brought beautiful presents for everyone from India.  Her gifts are always a highlight.


Then the extended Maathuis family came for the annual Christmas Eve program.  There is a program we follow every year with some narration and lots of singing.  It is great to gather with all of the cousins that now have babies.  Lots more born this past year!  Julie and Janice claimed good seats on the couch so they could be more comfortable.



Then it was home to get ready for bed, and to read Luke 2 and 3 Nephi 1.

After the girls were in bed, we made the final arrangements and got ready for bed ourselves.

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