It's no wonder my kids actually enjoy church. Live animals were part of our Christmas Eve service this year; it was quite the hoot listening to a "baa-baa" here and a "baa-baa" there. There were sheep, camels, and geese in addition to a goat, donkey, and cow.
It was quite a sight. We made our way to my folks' house after the service where we came upon another suprise. Auntie Stacey decided to spice up Christmas BINGO with a fish.
Yes, a fish. Needless to say, the children were ecstatic. My niece and nephew... because they'd never owned a pet, and mine... because their cousins were so focused on the fish, they knew the rest of the prizes would be up for grabs!
And prizes there were:
Grandpa Don kept things in check with a whole bunch of rules this year. It was serious business. I had to laugh when I saw them because they were SO my dad:
Of course, there was lots of snacking with Dad's homemade beef jerky, Stacey's cookies, and Grandma's fruit cake (not to mention the meatballs, little wienies, Mom's cheese dip, taco dip, my super yummy Sesame Chicken Dip, and more). A snack feast.
Here are few more shots from our evening:
We missed my youngest niece and nephew. I haven't seen either since August and can only image how much they've grown. Family traditions are so meaningful, I pray we'll be able to celebrate with them next year.
Next year... we're already working on ways to improve BINGO. First things first, I vote no live critters!!!