Before and after feasting, the children had fun playing with their cousins.
Faith and Mattie really hit it off.
They went everywhere together.
Grace wanted to start a band.
Avery played the piano.
So did Eli.
Grace tried the trombone.
Meanwhile, Benjamin played with the dominoes.
Then everyone was surprised when Seth showed up.
Everyone was super excited.
And couldn't wait to talk to him.
He's the first in the family to go into the military voluntarily.
But out of everyone there, I think Seth's girlfriend Heaven was the most excited to see him.
Then we settled down to hear the Christmas story.
Kevin did an excellent job reading it.
It was sweet to see the kids listen so attentively.
And I loved watching them interact with one another.
It's a shame we only get together once a year or so.
Next, Grace passed out numbers for the dirty Santa game.
And we gave Nanna and Gran their cake plate.
Benjamin unwrapped a Caterpillar truck.
Faith received Minnie Mouse dress up doll.
And Queenie walked away with a talking Duck Dynasty duck that my kids adore.
What a wonderful afternoon spent with family.