Thursday, December 25, 2008

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

Or really big Christmas, as it is in our case! Christmas Eve with the Holmes Family starts with food and fun and family with the extended Holmes family. Russell is the oldest of 10 children, and we have needed to take our party to a church building for quite a few years now. We were fewer in numbers, missing our kids who were away with family in other states, but we carried on with Babies, this is our cousin Becki's baby Luke...what a doll he is and his cousin baby Lilee. We had aunts, Russell's sisters Jennifer, Barbara and Marie, and Randi with Sara!and cousins, Rebekah and Sarah, and Kate and KrisSilly cousin Dane reminiscing with Grant and cracking us all up!Grandpa reading the Christmas story, and a Christmas sing -along. On to the gift exchange and dessert, and a great Power Point slide show of the family giving love....
Then on to Christmas eve at the homefront, Dad reads the Christmas story after everyone gets into their new jammies. The kids do their sibling gift exchange....Christmas morning with just 3 kids at home....still great, but missin' a few! A much smaller Christmas morning. Our traditional hallway picture before we join at the tree..On to food and the Pitt Family for Christmas day. Skyler get belated birthday kisses from auntie Jana!Crazy Uncle Loren always livens up the day!Games and gifts and goodies. And a call from our missionary...Elder Cody Holmes is doing wonderful in Honduras! Although his packages have not arrived.
It was wonderful to be together rejoicing in family and our FAITH in our Savior whom we celebrate this day!

15 comments:

Lauri said...

Looks like a wonderful family celebration. How fun to have a large family close by.

Traci Elizabeth said...

Family, family, family....how lucky you are!!!! Seems like you had a holiday!!!

Emily said...

always thought being in a big family looked like a lot of fun and you just confirmed it! I love the jammie idea :)

Marie said...

Oh what a beautiful family Christmas you have had. I really enjoyed seeing all the pictures and reading about it all. How very blessed you are!!

Sundbergs said...

Sounds like a wonderful day. Merry Christmas. Isn't being with family the best.

Heidi said...

all that fun that we missed. But we will be joining in the fun next year! CANNOT WAIT!

Grammy Staffy said...

What a wonderful holiday you have had. It is great to see a family being together, having fun and loving each other.You set a good example for all of us.

We are also having a wonderful time visiting and playing with family. We are blessed and very thankful.

Happy New year with love, Lura

Brendon and Stephanie said...

Looks like so much fun! My favorite picture is before going out to the tree on Christmas morning...Skyler looks too excited ;)

The Escobars said...

How special to be with family at all times...especially at the holidays. Love your big family...so fun!

Pitt-Meisingers said...

What time did you get up? :)

Emily said...

I love big families! Especially big family Christmas's! Both of your families sound like so much fun. I guess that explains why you, your husband and your kids are so much fun.

Sara's Memoirs said...

i love your post, you sum it up so nicely. I haven't been on or posting for so long it will be weeks before i get to Christmas. ugh. You got some great picutres, i love the one of lilee. so cute. She is a trooper. The one of Kate and Kris is cute too! i love it. lots of love to you guys. and Happy New Year!

Christensen Family said...

Looks like such a great Christmas. It is so nice to have the family together. Looks like you all had fun!

Jess Edling said...

What a fun family holiday you guys had! :-)

Kat said...

I love Sklar's faces in those early morning pics....looked familiar to his early morning seminary face :) Cute family, or should I say, impressive family.