Christmas Eve began at Gorgoza Park, a tube run, in Park City.
Some were well prepared for the weather,
and some were not.
When limbs went numb, we were done.
It was lots of fun.
After hot showers and last minute preparations, we headed to the Cooks for Christmas Eve dinner and a program. It's been a long time since we have had little ones around, so we put together a live Nativity.Some were more cooperative than others...
Mary and Joseph (looking awfully sassy!!!)
They were soon joined by baby Jesus...
...and some shepherds whose flock consisted of one
little black dog.
Then, an angel joined Mary on the donkey...
...and they were visited by an uncooperative wise man with an unusually large head.
We read the story of Jesus' birth,
and sang every Christmas song we could think of.
We even did a little opening of presents.
Michaela got a new shirt...
Finally, we headed home and had our own traditional
Christmas Eve opening of one present each.
Somehow it turned into the opening of three presents.
In our family, the night before Christmas Eve is called Christmas "Adam," you know, like Adam and Eve. I don't know who came up with that but nonetheless it lives. So, on Christmas Adam we went to Temple Square with the cousins to see the lights. Despite the fact that Elijah basically photobombed all group shots, here are some to enjoy: