Christmas Eve 2009

 - by Brittny

I know I’m a bit late to be jumping on the blogging about Christmas bandwagon, but it’s been pretty busy around here up until now so you’ll just have to deal with the fact that I’m a little late and back-dating this post :P

Did you know that Christmas is made specifically for little kids? There is nothing that will get you into the spirit of Christmas like having a baby in the house – even if they’re too young to understand what’s happening. It was so much fun having Samuel around for this Christmas. He’s adorable and we love having him.

We trade off which family we spend Christmas with each year and this year was a year with the Hansens. That was nice because it meant that we didn’t have to go very far! Mom & Dad Hansen are on a mission in Salt Lake City so we got to be with family without having to travel.

We started off on Christmas Eve at Eric’s brother Mike’s house having a traditional family dinner (you can read about my culinary escapade for this meal here). It was so much fun to have lots of family together. Especially with lots of little kids running around. Sam wasn’t real sure about having so many new faces around, especially since he’s definitely going through the separation anxiety phase. However, randomly, the one person he took too immediately was his cousin Bruce.


This isn’t from Christmas Eve, but it was the best picture I could find of Sam and Bruce hanging out together

I’m not sure why Sam picked Bruce to be his best friend, but he would go immediately for him and give him hugs and just loved being around him. Totally atypical for Sam, if any one else tried to approach him he was extremely wary of them and definitely wouldn’t let them hold him or touch him. But it was really fun to watch them bond.

After having dinner with the family and spending the evening with them we drove home to get ready for bed. My family has a tradition of getting new pajamas for each person and wearing them for Christmas Eve and Christmas day. So we got new pajamas for Sam –

I don’t think he was as excited about his cute Christmas pajamas as I was, but I thought he was adorable! Since we couldn’t be with my family this year we called them up on Skype and webcammed the rest of Christmas Eve with them. We even watched my mom’s seminary Christmas lesson via Skype! It was a fun way to get to include them in our Christmas.

We then worked on cleaning up some of the mess from making so many trifles. Eric rocked Sam to sleep and started the movie Tuesdays with Morrie. I’d read the book before but never seen the movie, and I thought they did a great job with the movie. It was a great way to spend Christmas Eve, all in our pajamas, on the couch, watching a really great movie.  Thanks Eric, that was a great idea!

After the movie was over it was much later than we’d intended up staying up (it was about 3am), so we all went back to our room and went to bed.

I’ll post about Christmas day and the rest of our Christmas adventures later…

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