It was a busy Christmas Eve.  We began the day by saying goodbye to our Elf on the Shelf, Chippy.  Every year, Santa lifts his magic for just a few minutes so that the kids can hug and kiss him goodbye.  We are always sad to say goodbye to Chippy for the year, but it also means that Christmas is tomorrow!

Next up was making cookies for Santa!  First, we had to mix the dough.

After chilling the dough for a couple of hours, we cut out and baked the cookies.

Finally, Laura and John decorated the cookies.  Laura got more creative this year while John enjoyed “smooshing” the cookies into the different piles of sprinkles and colored sugars.

I spent the rest of the day doing some cleaning with a bit of relaxing thrown in.  After dinner, the kids changed into their pajamas and we took a few pictures in front of the Christmas tree.  We left soon after for Christmas Eve service at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church.

Once home, Andy read “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

The kids set out milk and cookies for Santa and then headed to bed.

Andy and I stayed up for a bit and then headed to bed too.  At some point before midnight, Santa came to visit!  I can’t wait for the kids to see the presents in the morning!