We had a very fun Christmas Eve. During Jacob's morning nap, we decorated cookies and then played Clue, Sorry, and Battleship. Jamie really got into Battleship, and when we were finished, he kept playing with the game pieces, making different designs with the red and white pegs and pretending they were different things. He kept at it for hours. In the afternoon, we roasted chestnuts (alas, not over an open fire, but just in the oven), and while we all liked them, Jacob loved them. We hung up our stockings and sprinkled the balcony with Jamie's reindeer food that he made at preschool. We listened to Christmas music all day long. I didn't feel like making a whole turkey dinner just for us, so we had a roast in the crockpot with mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, and rolls. After dinner, we had pumpkin and apple pies, then the boys got into their Christmas pjs and we read the Nativity story from the Bible and The Night Before Christmas. Finally, we left out cookies and milk for Santa and, at Jamie's insistence, 8 whole carrots so each reindeer would have their own. It took Jamie until almost 10:00 to fall asleep that night. It reminded me of the Christmas Eves of my own childhood, when I too was so excited that I struggled for hours to fall asleep. Every year he gets older, Christmas gets more fun.