Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Eve 2008

This Christmas Eve was magical, to say the least. We had over 30 people in our house! It was wonderful. My mom cooked most of the day and we had a traditional Mexican Noche Buena with tamales, pozole, frijoles charros, rice and many other good foods! We also got a pinata for the kids to break outside. Good fun was had by all. At the end of the evening, the missionaries made their Christmas presentation and read some scriptures. It is very important to my family to remember Christ at this time of year, as I am sure it is in yours. Because of the economy my husband and I decided that our kids would each only get three small gifts for Christmas. For each other, we got things that we really needed, like a new set of Pj's for me, a new belt and new gloves. Sergio got some new Old Navy T-shirts! What a simple guy :) For the kids' stocking stuffers I decided to start a new tradition-magic memory boxes! I bought some inexpensive boxes at Michael's and decoupaged them with each of our kids' favorite characters.Prior to the big day, each of the kids wrote down on a card "what I love most about (insert sibling/parent's name here). They then put it in each person's respective stocking for reading on Christmas morning. My eyes filled with tears as each child took turns reading out loud what someone had written about him/her. Each note was placed in their magic memory box along with their favorite picture of the night. This, I told my kids, is for them to never forget what Christmas is all about---LOVE. The love our Savior has for us and the LOVE we have in our eternal family.
May your new year be filled with hope, peace and joy and may it bring you a renewed positive perspective. Here's a few pics including the magic memory boxes :)

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