Christmas Eve 2009

by Cate on December 25, 2009

Sadie's First Christmas Eve

There is nothing like seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child.  To witness the magic of it.  The joy of it.  Just nothing like it.  Our day was full.  Full of fun and frivolity.  Even though I worked a half-day today, from the afternoon on, we packed it to the brim with the magic of the holiday.  The kids’ babysitter came by this afternoon and hung out with us, and we exchanged presents.  She is so much more than their babysitter; through the past year, she has become a member of our family, and we’re very lucky to have her.

Santa called Nick this afternoon for his annual chat.  He told Nick that he was on the “good” list.  Did you hear the sigh of relief all the way over there?  But he said he wasn’t on the tippy-top of the list, but was somewhere in the middle.  As Nick went to bed tonight, anxious for Santa’s arrival, he got upset about what Santa said, and worried that if he was still going to come.  Poor thing.  I felt terrible and I reassured him that he is a great kid, and he had absolutely nothing to worry about.  And he is.  Hosting a holiday get-together and taking care of everything on my own is sometimes a bit of a challenge, but he was a huge help, wandering in and asking me many times what he could do to help.  He tidied up the playroom and the living room and set the dinner table for me.  Even though he gets a bit mouthy upon occasion, I couldn’t ask for a better kid.

Tonight, a little before our family was due for dinner, the fire department made their way through the streets of our town, with Santa on board, ready to hand out candy to the kids in the neighborhood.  I love the tradition of hearing the blaring siren and seeing the flashing lights, heralding Santa’s arrival on our street.  Nick knows that it’s not the real Santa, for he’s far too busy tonight, but he still gets just as excited as if it was.  Poor Madeline was napping during this.  Given her hesitant relationship with the big man, it’s just as well.  I don’t want to push my luck.

Dinner went off without a hitch, and was completely stress-free.  I cheated with the lasagna, and probably had way too many pre-dinner munchies, but that’s half the fun of it … feasting on all the delicious leftovers for days after.  No better way to prolong a holiday.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of our evening.  The kids.  The food.  The fun.  From our home (and kitchen!) to yours … may you have a truly awesome holiday filled with all the magic possible.  Just believe.

We Do

Front Yard Lights

Christmas Tree Herbed Pull-Apart Bread

Table Setting

Simple White

Christmas Wonder

Cheese Delights

Matched Set

One Two Three Juice

Sooo Good

My Princess

Cioppino

Wiggly Giggly Jello

Concentration

Bright Eyes

Cookies for Santa

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Jenny December 25, 2009 at 1:29 am

You WILL be posting the pull apart Christmas Tree bread RIGHT? That looks yummy!

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so Spiffy December 25, 2009 at 4:23 am

oooo Is that a real tree.. looks so bright and vibrant.. the look on her face…. priceless.

Happy Christmas.

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Joanne December 25, 2009 at 11:49 am

Merry Christmas Cate! All of your food looks fantastic. I’m glad you hear you guys had a great Christmas Eve!

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Karen December 25, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Merry Christmas. What a blessing to share the holiday with kids. It makes the season so much more magical.

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Casey December 25, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Merry Christmas! As always, I enjoy your photos and love your blog!

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patsy December 26, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Looks like a wonderful Christmas a the sweenticks’ house! Hope you had a Merry Christmas and may the new year be full of everything you wish for!

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Betsy December 26, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Great pics — happy to read that you had a great tiem.

Ooooh, whatever those round pastry thingsies (with tomatoes and cheese perhaps) look so good.

You certainly put on a great party.

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Laura December 27, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Lovely pictures…merry christmas Cate!

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pamela December 28, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I agree about that Christmas Tree bread…yum!! Finally catching up on my blog reading. Hope you and the kids had a wonderful Christmas!! All the best to you guys in the New Year!

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Ramona December 29, 2009 at 2:08 pm

I can’t get over how much Sophie and Madie look alike.

Love the pictures, forgot baby’s name. Cute expressions.

Glad ya’ll had a wonderful XMAS.

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