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Santa & Christmas Day

Christmas Eve brought our family back home. The girls wanted to make sure that Santa knew where to find us. The first order of business was to make Christmas cookies for Santa, which took us to Raleigh’s house:

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Then it was time to prepare for Christmas, attend the Christmas Eve service and pick out the cookies for Santa.

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And after reading LOTS of books, we finally got the girls to settle down and go to bed. So then it was time to prepare for Christmas morning:

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And finally it was time for presents from the family. Of course, the girls went first:

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Whew, what a busy, crazy day. All of the photos from Christmas so far are posted out on Google+.

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