Christmas Eve, Grace was beside herself with excitement. We went to church at the Children's Mass where we watched my students participate in a Christmas pageant. The priest there is so inclusive of the children in the congregation and invites them to participate in the celebrations as much as possible. So when Grace was allowed to carry up a sheep to the altar to display at the crèche, she was thrilled! We finished Mass and headed over to my brother's house for dinner and a short visit.
Once home, it took some coaching to get my munchkin up the stairs and into her bed. She had many questions about how the whole "Night Before Christmas" would unfold. I tried to answer them as best I could but she was concerned. She wanted to be sure that Santa would not be coming upstairs to our bedrooms and that the reindeer would stay outside. These were worrisome moments for her and I reassured her that the night would be fine as I laid down beside her on her bed. Once in bed however, her excitement returned and the minute her head hit the pillow, she bolted upright.
"Why he's not coming Mommy?"
I almost fell off the bed laughing!!! "Well Grace, it's only 8:00 and Santa only comes when everyone is asleep." She asked again several more times, telling me she "thinks she hears something" Too funny! These were precious moments that I'm glad to have recorded here so the memory stays vivid!
Christmas morning was early but not too early thankfully! Grace and I spent a bit of time admiring the presents, checking out our stockings and her trying on her new high heels! Here are the photo highlights
|High heels and her guitar were the biggest hits this Christmas!!!|
|It took a while to warm up to her new kitten. She's still not sure about it!|
|I've never met a kid who loves music as much as Grace. She truly spends much of her waking hours singing, playing instruments and just making music. I so hope it continues and pays off for her one day. Maybe I have a budding rock star!!|
|Painting Grandma's nails on Christmas morning with her new nail polish|
|Happy birthday Jesus!!|