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Last night the boys laid out cookies for Santa Claus along with some milk and carrots for Santa's reindeer. Will also left a note reminding Santa of his Christmas wish list.
This morning, everything was gone! Santa ate the cookies, drank the milk and took the carrots to feed his reindeer.
Merry Christmas to all of our friends and family.
Aunt Donelda continued her much loved Christmas tradition of bringing us an assortment of cookies for the holiday. This year's selection included from top-right clockwise: chocolate chip cookies, toffee oat cookies, rum balls, peanut brittle, chocolate caramel cookies and peanut butter balls in the center. Additionally, Aunt Donelda gave me a bag of chocolate chip cookies labeled "Daddy's Stash" for the freezer just like our Grandma Buller used to always have waiting for us when we visited.
Even with all the holiday goings-on, Mary still found time to make a delicious pork tenderloin for our Christmas Eve dinner. It looked so good, I had to take a picture. And, it tasted even better!
Our Christmas tree all decorated and ready to be surrounded by presents. Its a little leany, but the photo somehow accentuates the fact. The height is perfect with the star just brushing against the 10-foot ceiling. Hoping St. Nicholas will soon be here.
This afternoon we visited Santa Claus at the mall. The boys got their picture taken and then told Santa what they wanted for Christmas. With only two days before Christmas, the elves will have to work fast to fulfill their late (and changing) Christmas wishes!
With everyone dressed up, we took some family photos when we came home. The boys in their Christmas sweaters.
Aunt Donelda with her nephews.
The happy family ready for Christmas.
While we set a record for putting up Christmas lights on the house by November 26 and getting the tree pretty early for us on December 8, we've been too busy to put lights on the tree until tonight. And, of course, before we could even start that project, Daddy had to try out another camera trick.
All the boys held incredibly still while I swung Christmas tree lights around them during a long exposure. Drew and Will then took turns pressing the shutter button.
All and all, not too bad if I do say so myself. Each boy turned into a living Christmas tree.
However, the best part of the evening was when Drew and Will, all on their own, filled in breaks between putting light strands on the Christmas tree by playing Christmas song duets on the piano. While they had messed around playing together before, they had never done it for so long. It was AWESOME! It was the most we'd ever seen/heard them play just for the sake and enjoyment of playing. Not as practice or because they had to but just because they and the people listening were enjoying it. It really was a beautiful thing.
Tulsa had two parades this evening. A "Holiday" parade downtown celebrating...who knows what. And, a Christmas parade in South Tulsa celebrating Christmas. Since we don't celebrate anything called "Holiday," didn't get a holiday tree today, aren't wrapping holiday presents to put under our holiday tree in hopes that holiday man will come...it was an easy decision as to which parade to attend.
The parade started with a color guard carrying the United States and Oklahoma flags.
The parade had several Happy Birthday Jesus floats.
The parade also had several mangers celebrating the birth of Christ.
This float proudly declares that Christmas begins with Christ.
A real Christmas parade attracts the best politicians and several were present including Oklahoma's newest Representative Jim Bridenstine.
Another Happy Birthday Jesus float.
This float reminds us that on Christmas day 1776, George Washington crossed the Delaware river to fight battles that were a decisive turning point in the Revolution.
Oklahoma's Senator Jim Inhofe made an appearance riding a fine steed.
Santa Claus made his appearance at the end of the parade.
Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas!
Me and the boys in front of the Christmas tree we picked out this year.
Our Christmas tree getting netted for the trip home.
Home ready to be taken inside and set up...which is when we found out that the vertical hole drilled in the bottom of the tree that the stand goes in became too short when they put a fresh cut on the bottom of the tree. All my drills were too short to sufficiently lengthen the hole. Not a problem...Grandpa Buller's tools to the rescue. Just a minute with his hand drill and the tree dropped right into its stand.
Our festivus pole getting its first watering after which we opened it up. The height is perfect, just a few inches from the ceiling which will trim back so that the star just touches the ceiling. Next up, lights!