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10 years of Christmases

This was our tenth year celebrating Christmas as a family, plus that first year we didn’t realize our lives were forever changing.

2007

2007 – We met just a month before his work Christmas party.  We had gone on only two dates at this point…..one being a family date to Chuck E. Cheese 🙂

2008 fam

2008 – work Christmas party

2008

2008

2009

2009

2010

2010 – Our first year as an official family

2011-1

2011 – Part 1

2011-2

2011 – Part 2

2012

2012

2013

2013

2014

2014 – We got hitched in Vegas this year ❤

2015

2015

2016

2016

2017

2017

Complicated Christmas?

Because I like to complicate Christmas 😂, I don’t put names on the gifts.

One year, we number-coded the gifts. One year we put a letter initial on each gift but tricked the kids…we actually switched them so that for instance all of them that had an S for Shane were actually for Hannah.

What can I say….it makes for a fun time when they JUST KNOW what’s in that box they think is theirs…and then we hand it to someone else ! 😂😂😂

This year, I went with winter/Christmas-themed vinyl stickers as tags. I randomly chose a snowflake, a reindeer and holly and assigned them each their own icon.

The day before Christmas Eve, I decided to find ornaments to coincide with the icons. I snuck them onto the tree, one kid noticed immediately and another shortly after.

The game plan was to hang each kids’ corresponding ornament from their stocking before they woke. Since the ornaments were an afterthought, I didn’t find a holly ornament. So a cactus stood in its place.

This actually worked out perfectly and I may do it again next year, with better planning.