Leaving cookies out for Santa -- and carrots for the reindeer! Although, a new tradition we started this year was to leave out cookies made by Grammy Gale for Santa, since half the house can't have gluten anyway and baking seemed a stressful, pointless tradition to focus on!
I set a fancy table that would have made Martha proud, and Andrew made an amazing Christmas Eve dinner. The best part was who we shared it with -- some of our neighbors who have become good friends to both us and our kiddos.
We really downsized on gifts this year, too -- keeping the kids to a few presents from Santa, and just 4 gifts each from us. We went the whole "something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read" route for their gifts from us -- and it was so much fun!
Want: Legos, Need: Snow Boots, Wear: Personalized Shirt, Read: Books - obviously!
The kids were happy with the downsizing and Andrew and I both have said it was one of our favorite holiday seasons in a long time. Less stuff, more appreciation for each other.
Oh, and a puppy. We got a puppy for Christmas!
His name is Archer, and he's absolutely adorable. The kids are in love with him. Sophie...not so much.
This was truly a fantastic Christmas season for our family -- hopefully for yours, too!
We're sad to see it go, but we are excited for the great things that 2014 is going to bring our way!