Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Eve

I was at Pierce's school recently for their Winter Wonderland event, and I was captivated by the artwork on his class's door.  A sleigh filled with elves, and pulled by reindeer made from the children's handprints.  It was adorable.  And then I saw Pierce's elf on the back of the sleigh.  Modeled after our Elf on the Shelf, it was so cute and sweet I had to take a picture.
The boys are excited for tonight.  We always open our presents on Christmas Eve.  This year, we are following the 'four' gifts tradition for the first time.  Each boy has four gifts under the tree:  Something you want, Something you need, Something to wear and Something to read.  I love how simple this tradition keeps things.  I finished my shopping easily, and it was kind on my tight budget.  And the boys know what to expect and seem happy about it.  I don't know what Santa has planned for tomorrow - but I'm guessing he might be keeping things simple too ;-)

I will be taking tomorrow off, but I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

31 comments:

Gail Dixon said...

We always did gift giving on Christmas Eve with our kids. Your "four gifts" Christmas tradition is so neat! Hope you have a great time together!

A Quiet Corner said...

Baby Girl, I LOVE that tradition you have begun! Do you mind if I pay it forward to a few families and friends? I KNOW that Christmas will be wonderful in your house...because it's all about what is in your heart!...:)JP

Sunnybrook Farm said...

All of the boys smiling at the same time including Santa. Have a good time!

Annette said...

Merry Christmas! I love your son's cutout of his "Elf on the Shelf." So cute!!

I think Santa may have gone a little overboard this year, but I really do like the idea of keeping it simple. I've only heard of the phrase "Something you want, something you need..." once before this year. Now I know...

Have a wonderful, wonderful holiday!

mail4rosey said...

What a fantastic Santa picture!
I'm here to wish you a Merry Christmas. :)

Out on the prairie said...

A classic pic

Maggid said...

Merry, Merry, Happy and Bright!

I like you four idea . . . nifty.
The Elf - referencing all the love and family tradition . . priceless.

I hope your weekend craft fair was Fabulous! (People here LOVE Their gifts . . they are enchanted and enamored with your magical soap.)

Sending LOVE to You and Yours!

TexWisGirl said...

i like the 4 gifts idea for the kids. i do hope you all enjoy it.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Merry Christmas, Lisa! Wish it were going to be a snowy, white day but one thing for certain... it will be a merry one. XOX

Steve Surratt said...

Merry Christmas Eve to you and your family from ours!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

What a sweet photo of the boys with Santa! And Pierce has such an imagination. That elf is very creative.

It has been a long time since I've been around little ones on Christmas--not since my nieces and nephews, now grown, were little. It's so much fun to see their excitement. I know you must enjoy being in the midst of such sweet fun.

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Lisa!!

BTW, I LOVE the four gift tradition--makes so much sense. Larry and I don't do that, but I do hope I get several in the "to read" category this year. :-)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Back at ya, Lisa. Merry Christmas.

Lady Lilith said...

Have a happy holiday.

Sally said...

That's a great tradition, Lisa. LOVE the photo.

Merry Christmas, God bless.

xoxo

Jeanne said...

They are so cute! and know you will have a wonderful day tomorrow. Blessings!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I really like the four gifts tradition. I think I'll do that with my kids someday. The last photo is really cute! Merry Christmas!

Chatty Crone said...

They are so cute. Merry Christmas to you too. sandie

Harry Flashman said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope the coming year is a good one for you all.

Linda said...

Love the 4 gift tradition. Christmas Hugs, Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Grandma Bonnie said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

love how you're keeping things simple with the 4 gifts.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Slamdunk said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Lisa.

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Merry Christmas!

That sounds like a wonderful new tradition, the 4 gifts idea. I like it!

Betty Manousos said...

merry christmas!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Merry Christmas!

born ambitious. born imaginative. said...

My, they keep getting bigger. I like keeping things simple too. :)

Mila said...

Happy Holidays and all the best for the end of this year!

Barbara said...

The Santa picture is adorable. I love that his elf looked like your elf on the shelf. That is so adorable.

Lin said...

I LOVE the four gifts idea! We always have too much, don't you think?

This year, we bought for a friend who struggles raising her grandson. I had more fun buying for him and making sure he had books, games, new socks, pajamas, some clothes, and some Legos. It was nice to spread the joy to someone else--although I will admit to really, REALLY having fun buying for him. :) We skipped presents for each other and just bought for him instead.

I need to do more of that next year.

Linda said...

Cure pictures! Love the elf!

Łucja-Maria said...

Lisa, I greet you in the New Year 2014.
Congratulations on a wonderful blog.
I come to you from Endah ...
Greetings from far away Polish.
Lucia