Lila with her great grandmama
The Freeman side of the family at Christmas Eve Brunch
Lila in her new chair from great grandmama
Emptying out her BIG stocking
Sitting in the middle of all her presents
It is a tradition on my dad's side of the family to go to his mom's house in Stone Mountain, Georgia on Christmas Eve morning for a big brunch. This used to be just a bonus get together, and we did Christmas the next evening; however, we now celebrate our Christmas with Grandmama and my dad's brother, Lee, and his family at our Christmas Eve brunch. Grandmama always stuffs these HUGE stockings full of random items that are silly, useful, beautiful, and resourceful, and they are so much fun to go through. Lila even got one this year that was actually bigger than she is! She had such a great time visiting with her great Grandmama and meeting her aunt Mary Scott for the first time.
Lila and daddy playing before the church service
Family picture at Peachtree Road United Methodist
Grammy and Lila playing
Christmas Eve program
The beautiful church
After brunch, we went home to relax a bit before heading off to Peachtree Road United Methodist Church for their Christmas Eve candlelight service. We went to the family 6pm service this year due to the fact that we had a very noisy and busy 10.5 month old. My mom held her for the majority of the service, and Lila was very good. She really loved the singing and the bells that the children were ringing on the stage. The service was beautiful and short, which was nice because Lila is very wiggly! After church, we went down the street to Bricktops to eat dinner. It was so delicious and a lot of fun as well. We went back to my parent's house to put our pjs on and to unwrap the gifts from my parents. Even though we are older now, we still open my parent's gifts Christmas Eve and Santa brings his presents the next morning. I guess we'll keep that tradition going as long as we can! We opened gifts after Lila was asleep, and then we all crashed as well from the busy day!
We celebrate Christmas exactly the same way at my parent's house! Every year I am so excited to see what Santa brings ;)ReplyDelete