Christmas Eve featured appetizers such as this cheeseboard of Vermont cheeses and a final feast of lobster casserole.
We read from my Christmas journal. Every year I keep a journal beginning on the first Sunday of Advent and ending on Twelfth Night. The girls always request a reading. This year I read from 2002 (the first year I began keeping it) and from last year. It is fun to remember back to all the things we made and did.
After dinner we opened our handmade gifts. I love how excited we all get about this tradition. The focus is definitely on giving and every year the girls sigh and say they would be content if this was all we did. Here's what we all made~
Helen made me this set of napkins.
I have been wanting a good way to dry bags for years.
Here he is opening Helen's gift.
Duct tape is a popular craft medium in our house these days.
I'm so glad we started this tradition. To see more from over the years, click on the Handmade Christmas link on the sidebar of the blog.