We stayed home on Christmas Eve and invited the missionaries, some soldiers, and people from our ward over for a traditional Christmas dinner. We had little smokies, ham, yummy potatoes, croissants and rolls, a cheese platter, olives and pickles, a green salad, raspberry jello salad, cheesecake, pumpkin pie, and chocolate cake. After dinner we all read the story of our Savior's birth from the Bible and then headed out to deliver little goodie bags and carol to the poor soldiers in Ben's unit who had to work the gate and CQ desks.
We went home, our guests left, we opened one gift (pjs!), read Twas the Night Before Christmas, put out a treat for Santa and his reindeer, hung our stockings, said goodbye to our elf, Snowflake, and headed to bed to wait for Santa. The next morning was magical, as Christmas morning should be.