My mom's Christmas decorations are so magical every year. She has such a talent for making things beautiful. I had to post a few pictures of her fabulous dining room table centerpiece, it was magnificent. This is where we had our Christmas Eve dinner, it created the perfect atmosphere for our holiday celebrations.
After dinner the Burton boys put on a delightful concert, they are so talented. Andrew, John and Ben played some pieces on the piano. Then John played a couple of songs on his clarinet, he just started lessons this fall, he can already play so well! Andrew plays the bass, too bad that is such a hard instrument to take places it would have been fun to hear him play.
Every time the Burton's come to visit Bethy puts on a culture day and teaches all the kids about different places around the world and their different cultures. It is usually centered around somewhere she had traveled to in that year, she had done a Japanese day, a Cambodia day and on Christmas eve she did a Swiss day and taught all the kids about the country she and Reece had been living in for the past 4.5 months.
We learned about St. Bernards and why they are often seen with a small barrel around their neck
Evie and Nora were the cooks that were waiting for the right moment to pour their boiling hot stew onto the attacking soldiers.
The kids loved this part of the evening, we ended up reenacting the event several times. Then bethy gave us all chocolate cauldrons which had little marzipan vegetables inside, apparently these are all over Geneva during the festival, I thought they were adorable. Very "harry potteresque."
Then it was time for the grandkids to open their one Christmas eve present, they were so excited! Nora and Will had spent a majority of the day working on a family portrait which they presented to their parents as their Christmas eve present. I love how they are such good friends!
Grammie also got a fun surprise Christmas eve gift. Karin and gathered up all the kids and had them draw a nativity scene on a table clothe, it was so precious I had to include some close ups of some of the details.
Will's Christmas eve present was an Animalia book, those books are INCREDIBLE and magical and awesome.