After they enjoyed the story for a little bit, Emma helped make a list of all the things we needed to accomplish during the day. While it looks like a lot, most of them were givens or fairly easy to accomplish. She checked the items off as they got completed.
Meanwhile, that silly elf and his buddies moved around almost every time we turned our backs. They got through quite a stack of books, ate their cookies and even got in to the candy.
Before Christmas Eve service, the kids put out their cookies and letter for Santa (milk was put out right before bed) and spread the reindeer food in the front yard. After church, we had hot chocolate and ready Twas the Night Before Christmas. Then, it was off to bed so visions of sugar plums could dance through Emma and Josh's little heads.