We left Cole Camp early Christmas Eve morning so we could be home in plenty of time for the kids to unwind before heading to Christmas Eve service. The service this year was amazing for a couple of reasons. First, we had the principal violinist from the Arkansas symphony and one of the cellists playing at the service. Second, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the kids filmed different lines from Luke 2:8-14 against a green screen and then it was edited together. The video came out so cute. Emma had two lines, "a Savior" and "praising God and saying" while we convinced Josh to film one line "a baby." However, he couldn't just say it normally; his line came out in this gruff little voice and sounded more like "a baybay." It was pretty funny!
Since the service did not start until seven, both kids were pretty exhausted and nearly falling asleep in the pew. Afterwards, we came straight home so we could quickly get ready for Santa and get the kids tucked in to bed. We sprinkled some reindeer food on the yard so Santa would know where to find us. We then got cookies and milk for Santa and some carrots for the reindeer, which were left with a note by the fireplace. Finally, we did a reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and then got everybody to bed. Unfortunately we didn't get any photos Christmas Eve since we had two tired kids that were not in the right space for photo ops.