Mike & I really enjoy hosting Christmas Eve at our house every year. I've really gotten good at the preparations, cooking and delegating. It runs fairly smoothly now. I even start buying supplies in November, which really helps the financial aspect of hosting a big family party. I really love getting our extended families together to laugh, eat and do our now annual gift exchange. Last year, I started an elfster gift exchange for the adults in our family. Since Tyler is currently the only little one (until April that is :)) it's still fun for all of us adults to get a gift for Christmas, but not have to spend money buying something for everyone. The elfster exchange has been very successful, and really fun! It's allowed all the family to get-to-know each other, and to have the joy of giving and receiving one gift.
I've also gotten over most of my pregnancy-induced illness, so I can truly enjoy time with the family. By the end of the night, I was completely exhausted...but it was all well worth it!
Aunt Dee & cousin PatrickAunt A & cousin E (her first Xmas as a married woman!)
Dave, Marcia, Mike & our half-sister Noelle (in from NYC :))
The Burkle clan (and 1 in the oven)
Sisters with our offspring :)
Ty with Papa and Mimi
Grams, Granddad & Tyler
Our family of 3 1/2 :)