Ever since Jesse and I obtained married — virtually 18 years in the past! — we’ve got celebrated Christmas with each side of our households on Christmas Day. This has meant that we normally don’t do as a lot with simply the 5 (now 6!) of us.

Last yr, our three older children stated they might actually like to do an all-day celebration with simply our quick household. So, we put our heads collectively, and talked about what that may appear like.

We ended up creating an All-Day Family Christmas Celebration plan that went so effectively all of us determined we needed to repeat it once more this yr! Here’s what we did…

We deliberate our All-Day Christmas Celebration for the Sunday earlier than Christmas. The week main as much as it, all of us deliberate, purchased, and wrapped our items we needed to offer to one another, the order of occasions for the day, plus the menu for the day.

Each of us selected one merchandise for the snack desk and one merchandise for Christmas dinner after which all of us selected what we’d have for Christmas breakfast collectively. We made a couple of issues forward of time that may very well be cooked and frozen. (By the best way, did you see my put up on our Christmas Cookie Baking Night?)

On Saturday night, we went out and shopped collectively as a household for the entire groceries we would have liked for the day. (We have been babysitting for Champ, thus the explanation you see two automotive seats within the picture above!) We additionally stopped by Dollar Tree to buy our stocking stuffers gadgets for our annual Dollar Tree Stocking Tradition.

Note: Need some encouragement to do Christmas in a approach that works greatest for your loved ones? Read my put up For the Mom Who Feels Guilty That She’s Not Doing Elf on the Shelf.

When we obtained house, all of us labored on cooking and baking the gadgets we had chosen to make for the meal and the snack desk. Jesse selected to make Bacon Wrapped Dates for his snack desk contribution.

With all of us working collectively, we had all the pieces baked and prepped in about an hour and a half, leaving sufficient time to complete wrapping presents and getting a couple of final minute issues performed for the morning.

Sunday morning, we had a breakfast of Brown Sugar Biscuit Twists, Scrambled Eggs, and Fruit and loved this whereas we slowly unwrapped items, laughed, talked, and simply savored the morning and the thoughtfulness that everybody put into their items.

Oh, and naturally, all of us wore our matching jammies (per Kaitlynn’s request!)

It was Kierstyn’s first Christmas and he or she had one of the best time! (By the best way, as you’ll be able to see from the items beneath the tree, we preserve issues easy and solely give a couple of items per particular person. We attempt to concentrate on significant items and high quality items versus amount. I do know each household is completely different, however this has labored effectively for us and our children.)

(You can learn extra about how we’ve saved Christmas easy in different years when our children have been youthful right here.)

After we opened items, everybody cleaned up the wrapping paper and the youngsters frolicked enjoying with and discovering properties for his or her new items (Silas obtained lots of baseball playing cards — one thing he’s actually into proper now — so lots of time was spent going by means of them and organizing them collectively.)

Then, it was time for the snack desk. Kaitlynn had chosen (and made) Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Jesse did the Bacon Wrapped Dates, Kathrynne selected Bean Dip and Chips, Silas needed retailer purchased cookies, and Jesse prompt we additionally make the Pickle Cream Cheese and Ham Wraps that his household at all times does (they’re distinctive however yummy!). I made these and likewise purchased a veggie tray simply in order that we had a couple of semi wholesome choices! 😉

Jesse went and picked up Champ so he may be a part of us for a part of the day (his mother was working and he or she was so form to say we may watch him whereas she labored in order that he may very well be a part of our Christmas celebration, too!).

We had a couple of items for him after which we took a bunch of images of the youngsters and infants (Jesse had purchased these lovely matching outfits for the infants — to guard Champ’s privateness, we don’t share photos of his face on right here, however I want I may as a result of they have been insanely cute!!)

I didn’t get image of dinner, however we had Steak, Rotisserie Chicken within the Instant Pot, Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, and Sweet Potato Casserole.

We made sufficient in order that I may freeze the leftovers and we may use them after Christmas after we obtained again on the town from our journey to Kansas. That approach, we had a meal ready for us to eat after we obtained house and I didn’t have to fret about going to the shop for a day!

After dinner, we opened up our stockings after which performed video games the remainder of the night.

All in all, it was such a big day. And as a result of everybody pitched in and helped out, it was enjoyable and easy and memorable — that are the BEST sorts of days!

P.S. Need some encouragement to maintain issues easy? Be positive to learn my put up from a couple of years in the past on why we didn’t get a giant Christmas tree that yr.