It was mostly a day of Christmas Eve traditions in the Kassel Household save for the unexpected snowfall!  It was beautiful sitting in our living room just watching it snow.  It will be a White Christmas!

After a relaxing morning, I spent the day making food for Christmas Day, Andy went for a bike ride in the snow, Grandpa Ken and Grandma Marilyn arrived, and the kids played.  We had a nice dinner and then the kids said goodbye to Chippy, our Elf on the Shelf, and Melty, his friend.

Each year, Santa lifts Chippy’s magic so that the kids can hug and kiss him goodbye.  See you next year, Chippy and Melty!

We went to Christmas Eve services at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church.  Once we got home, the kids made Reindeer Food…

…and spread it on the driveway.

After the kids took their showers, Andy read “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Then, the kids put out milk and cookies for Santa.

We all headed to bed once everything was ready for Santa.  A short time later, I heard a noise downstairs.  I raced down to see what the noise was only to find that the stockings were stuffed, the milk and cookies were eaten…

…and there were piles of presents for the kids!  Santa had come!  Merry Christmas Eve!