I could have named this post "Family and Friends" because we are very blessed to have lots of both. We enjoy getting together whenever possible throughout the year, but there is nothing like the Holidays to bring everyone together.
We gathered 'round the table at the DiGivianni's home to make "gingerbread" houses.
Francis and Cara DiGiavanni
We enjoyed a dinner party at the home of the Hitchcox family. I forgot to take pictures of the grown-ups, but did manage to catch the kids playing outside. You never know what kind of weather we'll have for Christmas in Tennessee. It can range anywhere from snow and ice to a balmy 60 degrees. This evening, just three days before Christmas, was very mild. The kids had a blast playing outside and the playset was covered with brightly colored lights. The photo just doesn't do it justice on how pretty it was.
We traditionally open presents with Grandma on Christmas Eve and were thrilled that Auntie Bunner and Uncle Michael got to join us this year.
We also watched the DVD from our Church's Christmas pageant:
Nolan was more of a "Wise Guy" than a "Wise Man"
Garrett sang the most beautiful solo "Christmas isn't Christmas till it Happens in Your Heart"
Finally, a couple of photos from the Christmas recital with Preston and Garrett's voice teacher, Ms. Heather. Preston sang "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree" and "Little Drummer Boy". Garrett sang "Christmas isn't Christmas" and Elvis' "Blue Christmas".
I'll sign off with a short video of Adyson playing Christmas Plinko. Martin custom built this Plinko board for a Fall Festival at our church a few years ago. The object is to get the ball to fall into the center slot with the heart. For Christmas, we just replaced the regular plastic balls with red and green plastic Christmas ornaments. It's been a big hit all month. I'm already thinking ahead to Easter Plinko with plastic Easter Eggs.