We had a busy but fun Christmas Eve 2017. As usual, we had a buffet tea and had an open house so family and friends could join us.
We don’t have much space in the house so Ant lit the log burner in the grotto (his name for the new covered BBQarea he built earlier this year) and he spent a lovely evening out there with his dad and some of his children 😊
I didn’t go out because it was too cold for me and I didn’t like the smell of the smoke!
When everyone had gone we opened our Christmas Eve boxes and everyone put on their new pyjamas. Even I got some new Christmas PJs this year, thanks to KayCee getting Ant to buy me some!
Christmas Eve 2017
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas Eve 🙂
Christmas Eve Photos
We had a wonderful Christmas Eve. As usual, we did a buffet tea and had some of the family around. It was lovely to see everyone and they all seemed to have a good time.
I totally forgot to take photos so these are ones that Ella took :o)
It was an early start for me this morning; I don’t know why, probably excitement because it’s Christmas Eve – Yay!!! I was down just after 7 am.
I’m now shattered and ready for a nap!
Kaycee and I have moved the furniture around in the living room so we can fit the family in for our buffet tea tonight.
We made a start on the food while Ella and Daddy spent the morning in the kitchen baking bread rolls for the party and getting everything prepped for Christmas dinner tomorrow.
Daddy’s cooking Christmas dinner, as I’ve probably mentioned once or twice! and I’m looking forward to a less stressful Christmas day 🙂
Don’t get me wrong, I do love cooking Christmas dinner for my family, but it will make a nice change, not having to keep an eye on the time all day.
We’re going to spend a leisurely afternoon having a small lunch and watching something Christmassy then get the rest of the food ready for our guests who are arriving around 4 pm.
I can’t wait!
Whatever you’re doing today, I hope you all have a wonderful time 🙂
We had family round on Christmas Eve for a buffet tea and we were all really happy to see Jamie and Damien, our grandsons. They live in Scotland and we don’t get to see them very often so it was a real treat for us to have them here on Christmas Eve 🙂
Christmas Eve photos.
|Our Christmas Eve story and activity advent|
|Grandsons Jamie and Damien with Kaycee and Ella 🙂|
|Kaycee and Ella treated us to a piano concert 🙂|
|Christmas Eve onesies and hot chocolate mugs|
|Sprinkling reindeer food 🙂|
|Milk, mincepie and carrots for Rudolph 🙂|
We’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and I finally have time to get the photos up now the kids are away with family till the new year 🙂
We had family and friends over for a buffet tea on Christmas Eve and it was a really great night. Time went fast though and before we knew it, it was time to open new Christmas onesies, make hot chocolate with marshmallows and squirty cream and leave treats out for Santa and his reindeer 🙂
Exhausted but happy. That was me yesterday evening!
The treasure hunt was a huge success and the children were really lovely all day. They all helped get the house ready for the guests who were coming to tea then they spent the afternoon playing outside together.
Granddad took them out for a little while so we could finish getting everything ready for the buffet then our guests started to arrive.
We really enjoyed having our friends and family over for a few drinks and some lovely food, even if I do say so myself!
The kids went next door to help our neighbour decorate her tree when our guests left. This wasn’t planned but worked out great because I was able to take over from Ant who was cleaning the kitchen so he could go and fetch presents from Granddad’s.
When they came home, I gave them the final clue to the treasure hunt and we soon had three excited children who couldn’t believe they were allowed to open four presents instead of the usual one!
The girl’s loved their Hello Kitty pyjamas that Granddad had bought them and they were all very pleased with their fleece blankets, hot water bottle and Santa mug.
After hot chocolate with marshmallows and squirty cream they were all very excited to find out that Santa had sent them a video email from Portable North Pole.
KayCee confessed after watching hers that she’d been a little bit scared in case she got put on the naughty list and you could see the relief on her face when the light turned green!
Aiden made up a bed on the floor of the girl’s room because they all like to sleep in the same room on Christmas Eve and when everyone was settled, I read ‘Twas the night before Christmas’.
It was a lovely end to a lovely day 🙂
Do you remember our Advent Activity List? Well there’s been a slight adjustment to Christmas Eve’s activity. We’ve added a Christmas Eve treasure hunt 🙂
I left the little scroll in there for the whole of December and there has been much speculation as to what Christmas Eve’s scroll is going to say.
From listening to the children, it was clear that the activity I’d picked for Christmas Eve was going to be a bit of a disappointment to them (the activity on the scroll is to have hot chocolate with marshmallows and squirty cream) as we always have hot chocolate on Christmas Eve.
They’re expecting something different and a little bit special because Christmas Eve is the most special day on the advent calendar.
With this in mind, Ant and I devised our own mini treasure hunt which ends with the children being able to open some presents bought especially for them for Christmas Eve using an idea taken from the very lovely Chris over at Thinly Spread…thanks for sharing Chris, the kids are going to love it!
Chris calls it the snuggle sack but we’ve not really not got a name for it as we’re going to put each child’s gifts in the bags they leave out for Santa and the treasure hunt will eventually lead them to the bags.
It’ll be a surprise to find gifts already in there!
When they go to bed on the 23rd, I’m going to swap the scroll for a Forever Friends tag on which I’ve written the first clue.
Grandad bought them each a new pair of pyjamas and we’ve bought them a red Christmas fleece blanket, a matching hot water bottle with red Christmas cover, a Santa mug for their hot chocolate and a magic key to hang on the door for Santa.
Here are our clues for the first part of the treasure hunt:
Time to stop snoring
It’s Christmas Eve
and if you believe
Santa’s coming tonight
Go look under the lights
Well you did well
and so I’ll tell
the next clue will be
not under the tree
but near the love nest
so go, be my guest!
Clue number three
is not so ea-sy
It’s under a box
in a room with a clock
Near you know who’s
smelly old shoes
Now I’m sorry to say
it’s going to be a long day
Mummy & Daddy are really sorry
we know you did this in rather a hurry
But you’ll have to wait
’til after 8
Then after 8pm, I’ll give each of them a Christmas card and on one of the envelopes I’m going to attach the last clue:
Now’s the time to grab a mince pie,
we need to feed that special guy.
Pour him a drink; I think Baileys is best!
Once that’s done, it’s time to rest….
Don’t you think bedtime is the best?!
But wait, something’s amiss
is it a goodnight kiss?
No that’s not it,
but let’s not quit…
Let’s think, what can it be?
Something to make you all happy?
You’ve left the snacks
so grab the sacks.
(ok, I know you have bags but that didn’t rhyme!)
You’ll find a surprise
waiting there inside!
I’m so excited, I can’t wait to see their faces 🙂