We had a wonderful Christmas Eve!
In the morning, Natalie helped me make our traditional Christmas Eve dessert called ris a'la mande. It's a fluffy kind of rice pudding with almond slivers and lots of vanilla, served cold with cold cherry sauce. It's so much more fun to cook when you have a little helper:
Licking the spoons and wisks - a perfect job for Natalie!
We spent most of the day playing around and having fun, and we even spent some time outside playing in the snow.
After naptime, Natalie and I made cookies for Santa. Of course, they had to have lots of frosting and sprinkles on them:
Decorating cookies for Santa!
We continued our tradition of walking around the Christmas tree and singing Christmas songs. Natalie did so well, this year she knew the words to quite a few songs, like Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer and Santa Clause is Coming to Town. Then, it was time for presents. Natalie was so good at handing them out and reading on the tags (She recognizes her name and most of the time the words "Mommy" and "Daddy"). She did well taking her time to open each present and helping us open ours:
One of her favorites was the book she had seen in daycare. When we asked her what she wished for for Christmas, she said "A Big Planet". We asked her daycare teacher what that could be, and found out that Natalie really likes this picture in an "I Spy" book:
Look, it's a big planet!
After the presents and the Christmas dessert, it was time to put out the reindeer food for Santa's reindeer:
Come on, Daddy, let's put out the reindeer food!