Christmas time at the Hoopes' house. What could be better.
The anticipation mounts for the whole month of December, and for some, even before then!
It is truly one of my favorite things about my in-laws. They sure know how to make a holiday great!
Christmas eve, we always go out to dinner. This year, we went to the Black Bear. There was quite the crew. Even though it seemed like a lot, in comparison to last year, it was quite a small group. Last year, we had around forty or more people.
Christmas morning was magical as always, starting off with Santa's magical foot prints. He usually has a little snow to dust off after coming from the North Pole and usually leaves a little in the entry way!
Santa brought Scotty a golf bag and putter for his newly developed hobby.
And Santa brought me a new charm for my Pandora bracelet and a new I-pod.
After presents, we head to Grandma's Searle's house for breakfast. The food is always divine. Eggs, bacon, hot chocolate, sausage, fruit, pancakes, amongst other things. YUM!
We spent the rest of the day with family and friends, celebrating all the blessings that our family enjoys.
This time of year makes us more aware of how grateful we are to live close to family, friends, a college education (even though sometimes it seems to come with a lot of stress for being a blessing), our wonderful apartment, jobs (or the hope of getting one), and most important of all, our savior Jesus Christ.