Merry Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas Eve!
 Max made the cutest Christmas pancakes and Christmas circle cakes for breakfast.
Then we went and finished our 12 Days of Giving and cleaned up the desert.
 Every December I give the kids a new puzzle for their advent calendar and we work on it all season. We put the last piece in on Christmas Eve.  Everyone is so busy these days I was worried we wouldn't finish it in time, but everyone jumped in to finish the National Parks puzzle.
We hosted a Christmas Eve happy hour.  We had two of our closest family friends come over for some appetizers, Christmas Moscow Mules, and champagne before church.  Our one friend who does not regularly attend church, asked, "So you wear jeans to church and drink before going!?"  We might convert her yet! :)  All in all we had 16 head to church.  The Christmas Eve service is always so special.  I love lighting the candles in the dark as we sing Silent Night.  It was extra special to be surrounded by friends who are like family.
 Our pastor has a tradition of eating pizza by the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve.  I proposed a change in our tradition of having crab legs on Christmas Eve and switching to the easier, less mess and production pizza by the tree.  There was practically a revolt with the charge led by Karlie!
She was not having any of it!  She was upset for days about the possible change.  After seeing how important the fancy meal was to her, I gave in and we went all out as usual!
 Karlie set the table all by herself and offered to do the lion's share of the dishes so long as we could maintain our fancy Christmas Eve dinner tradition.
 It was so much better than pizza!  Apparently that tradition is not up for modification.
 Another MKHKKH tradition is opening matching family PJ's on Christmas Eve.  These were my favorite ones yet.  They were saguaro cactus decorated with lights and Santa hats!  I don't think there is a more perfect pair for this desert loving family.
With full bellies and comfy jammies, it was time to head to bed so Santa could get to work!

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