Jackson got distracted with wrapping paper and the cats, so Jesse ended up tearing the rest of the wrapping paper off. After opening the gifts we ate our weekly pancake breakfast before getting ready for church. Random note: While eating pancakes we witnessed our outside cat catch and kill a bird.
Church was a short, simple service of lessons and carols. We drove directly to Gastonia to celebrate Christmas with my side of the family. We feasted on turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, mac-n-cheese, green beans, and more. Jackson sampled everything. After everyone was finished eating we distributed the many presents. There is so much excitement it is difficult to catch everyones reactions as they open their gifts.
Of course, we continued our tradition of wearing our pajamas all day.
After a few hours we made the hour-long drive to spend the evening with Jesse's family. There were more presents to open and delicious food to eat. Jackson enjoyed chicken and dumplings and green beans, then played with his family and new toys.
We are so very blessed to have involved, loving siblings and parents. While it saddens me to know that Jackson will never know my parents, he is so fortunate to have an incredible MiMi and PaPa. Their pride is evident.