On Christmas Eve, which was also Marcus’ birthday, we let Marcus choose activities to occupy our day. After going out to a late breakfast at his favorite restaurant in town, we went ice-skating, and then we saw the new Star Wars movie from the front row! (We would’ve had a lot more action shots of ice-skating except that it was discovered that my camera was missing its memory stick. Oops! My oldest son ended up driving to the nearest store and buying a new one.)
Back home, we enjoyed our traditional Prime rib Christmas Eve dinner. Marcus unwrapped his gifts and we sang Happy Birthday to him. We also carried out our Christmas Eve tradition of reading the Christmas story from the scriptures, singing Christmas carols/hymns, and unwrapping new pajamas. It was a beautiful, full day and Marcus proclaimed it his best birthday ever. 🙂
This was our first Christmas Eve and Day in our Utah home (that we’ve owned for three years) and it was a blessing to spend it altogether, with the college kids home. After opening our gifts, we enjoyed my husband’s delicious waffles and then we spent the rest of the day watching Christmas movies in our theater room and snacking.
Today at church it was nice to sing Christmas hymns one last time. Tomorrow we are skiing (for the first time ever!) so we are looking forward to that. By next Sunday we’ll be back in our small apartment in Arizona, ready to resume our homeschooling.