source: Mandi Ehman
And suddenly there was with the angel
a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Sometime tomorrow — whether it’s first thing in the morning or later in the evening, gathered around the tree or cuddling on the couch, while eating breakfast or getting ready for bed — I encourage you to take some time to read the Christmas story together as a family.
source: mandiehman on Instagram
Every Christmas Eve, my friend Chrissy lets her kids sleep by the Christmas tree. When I asked her how she does presents from Santa and stocking, she said she simply waits until they’re asleep and then hides the presents from Santa under the tree so the kids wake up to them in the morning, a tradition I love!
I love that idea in theory, but our main area is all hustle and bustle after the girls go to bed on Christmas Eve — assembling their “big” shared gift, preparing breakfast casseroles, laughing and chatting with my parents and my sister (and this year my grandmother too!). I can’t imagine trying to get them to sleep in the midst of that chaos.