Christmas morning is usually spent with Grammy and Grampy, but this year they were out of town, so for the first time ever this bunch of Snellies had Christmas morning in our own little home. What a morning it was! The boys started out sitting on the stairs for the tradition pictures, as they not so patiently waited for Daddy to get up. Each of my boys enjoyed looking through their stockings from Santa, and opening presents from each other. After a new football, skateboard, blocks, and lots of candy the boys figured Christmas morning was through. One final hidden present from Santa brought a reaction that I will always cherish and never forget. The smiles on their faces were priceless! If they didn't before that day, all of my children truly believe in Santa now. Thank you "santa" for making Christmas morning unforgettable!
One of my favorite things about Christmas is seeing the smiles on my children's faces. Sometimes it is because they are getting presents, but often it is because they are giving a gift that they have worked hard on, or because they are spending time with family and friends. To me the magic of Christmas can be seen in their faces. We had a wonderful, magical Christmas!
Christmas Eve is our time to celebrate the Holidays with the Whitmill side of the family. Part of our tradition includes a Christmas Eve devotional. Some years this means a church devotional with one of our wards. Many years we have been invited to participate through spoken word or song. Even when there is no organized devotional the Whitmill family puts on their church clothes and heads to the church to sing and celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is a wonderful tradition that I cherish. I appreciate my parents lead in helping all of us to remember the true meaning of Christmas.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year. Aunt Lisa, Uncle Dustin, and Cousin Cohen were in town. We had so much fun watching little Cohen play with the boys. He is sweet as can be, and he did a great job enduring the endless loving/torment that his 3 cousins had for him. We even took family pictures, and most of us are smiling!