Then we brought as many kiddos as we could fit in our cars to camp for Christmas at camp, which is always perfectly lovely - even when it's absolutely freezing outside! We rounded out our pre-Christmas festivities with a big Christmas party for 20+ kids, complete with a Christmas-photo-booth, Christmas karaoke, and a dirty Santa gift exchange. It was super-fun, and I especially loved watching the kiddos fight over the hot cheetos and takis we wrapped up for the gift exchange.
We hosted Christmas eve dinner at our house this year, particularly helpful in getting rid of leftovers because we always have extra guests popping by for a plate-ful or two. At one point Adam looked at me and told me how much fun he was having (he's an extrovert and people-person to the core) and how grateful he is that we have families who like each other, live near each other, and who support and encourage our crazy little life in the hood. I agreed wholeheartedly, particularly as we opened a plethora of generous gifts and watched family help do the dishes and clean up while we fed neighborhood kiddos and put our own babies into bed.
And then once Christmas was over, we breathed a great big sigh of relief because we had about three whole days with nothing on the schedule. Regardless of all the busy, life was enjoyable and beautiful and celebratory as we remembered Christ's birth and celebrated his coming.