Our Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 27, 2009
If you have been reading 3 Peanuts for a while, you know that we have a lot of little family traditions around Christmas. Therefore, these posts tend to be even longer and more picture laden than the others. It is really important to me to have all of this documented for the kids.
Our friend, Jennifer sent us this great ornament of Santa in a Chinese Dragon.
Kate hung it on our tree.


We always go to Mass on Christmas Eve.

As soon as we are all dressed for Mass, I torture the family with the obligatory photos in front of the tree.....



Scout even joined in.



Brotherly love.

Then I torture them further by arriving at church an hour before Mass so that we can get a seat. These photos are at our church.

So, we have had a tradition for several years (as long as I can remember) that we have pizza on Christmas Eve. This began because it is hard to cook a big meal when you are at Mass from 3:30 until 6:00 (remember we go early to get a seat). Also, I have always cooked a big breakfast and dinner on Christmas Day. Our family LOVES pizza so it was easy and we all were happy. Even when we discovered that some of us were sensitive to gluten and dairy, we still had our pizza once a year. This year, we were informed that Harry should never eat dairy or gluten at all. So, we began a new tradition of going out for dinner after Mass. We chose Fleming's because they have a gluten free menu and they were open. The boys had Alaskan King Crab legs and I think they thoroughly enjoyed them.

Will and I did sneak out for lunch on the 23rd and had our yearly slice of good pizza though. I think we all missed our old tradition but we will eventually find a new one that works for us.
After dinner we drive around and look at Christmas lights.
Then we come home, out on our PJ's and continue our traditions...

We hang our stockings by the chimney with care....




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Harry took this which is why I look tall:)


Then, the children open a gift. The boys always get a nutcracker. Usually, I get them one that represents their interests of that year (baseball, soccer, pirates, chef etc). This year, I bought the Charlie Brown and Snoopy because it is a big tradition for us to watch the Charlie Brown specials as a family for all of the holidays. I even posted about it once.

Kate gets an ornament (and a bracelet sometimes). This year, she got a ballerina since she did ballet and had her first recital.


Then we always read Twas the Night before Christmas and the story of Jesus' birth.


Kate had some snuggle time with Daddy.

Then she was off to bed. The boys and I watched the Heat/Cold Miser Christmas special and they monitored Santa's whereabouts on Norad. They loved doing that all day.





We are having some friends over for dinner tonight and enjoying having Dave home for the week! I will post Christmas Day soon.

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas!


  1. Beautiful! Love seeing your boys together... My two would be so jealous of seeing your two with little Kate!

  2. i just love that precious family of yours & your sweet self miss kim

    you & kate are too cute in your matching jammies!!

  3. Great traditions..
    Love the photos.. and the santa inside the chinese dragon is tooo CUTE..
    Have a great evening..
    Can't wait to see Christmas day photos..

  4. Just beautiful! My inlaws bought the little girls the exact same kitchen! So cute! They suggested we redo our kitchen in the same pink color! Maybe next year=;) Have a great rest of your holiday!

  5. Love your pj's and Kate's too! They are beautiful....as are your precious children. And the nutcrackers this year are GREAT! Merry Merry!

  6. Kim your Christmas posts are some of my favorites. What a beatiful night and I adore the matching pjs you and Kate have! I'm so happy for all of you.

  7. You have inspired me to do better next year!!! I LOVE
    the white stockings. And the gifts looked so beautifully wrapped... So glad you had a lovely evening!!!

    Ready for what 2010 will bring over here!


  8. I just recently found your blog and have enjoyed getting to 'know' your family. I love your matching pajamas! So cute!

  9. Beautiful photos. I loved reading about all your Christmas traditions!

  10. Wonderful Christmas traditions; the family is so beautiful!
    Hope you enjoyed the Christmas weekend!

    Alyzabeth's Mommy

  11. You all are the cutest and sweetest family...you can feel the love in these pictures.

  12. It looks like you had a fabulous Christmas! I love your matching PJs! I also love all of your traditions!

    Hope you have a great week!

  13. Your traditions sounds perfect and your house looks stunning ! You inspire me. By the way where did you get those Charlie Brown nutcrackers! They are to cute. We collect nut crackers as well but never seen any like these.

  14. merry christmas kim and family!

    1. i LOVE the matching pjs for you and kate!

    2. the boys pjs are wonderful!

    3. eating out is a wonderful tradition on christmas eve ... this year i cooked both meals and i think mr. rauth and i both voted for eating out if that happens again!

    4. i do the matching wrapping too ... this year it was more country with kraft paper and red but i love the silver and green!

    merry christmas friend and much love to you and your family.

  15. What a great tradition you're doing for your family. Great pics!

  16. Wonderful family traditions, Kim! You are SO inspiring!! (and I must say, your home is BEAUTIFUL!!...I just love your decorating style and eye for detail!) And the matching jammies that you and Miss Kate are wearing... too cute! Such priceless photos...the kids will treasure all of this one day!

    Many wishes for a blessed 2010!!


  17. Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year.
    You have a beautiful, precious family. Love all the lovely pictures.

  18. Kim - we have such similar Christmas eve traditions - well, many of them are a part of the past since my boys have grown up so.
    We always attend Christmas eve mass and then out to dinner after. Each open a gift that night. And just wait - you think it is tortue now for your boys?? It's nothing compared to begging big teenage/college boys to pose for pictures, going to mass an hour early, etc. LOL!
    LOVE Kate's dresses and her little pink kitchen had to have been a big hit :)

  19. I look forward to these posts so much Kim! I always can't wait to see the new nutcrackers, pj's etc. Your kids will remember all of this one day and they will be so grateful to you for documenting it. I have 2 years off blog books to get going on in January!!

    Happy New Year...I hope that maybe we can sneak in a visit at some point...hugs to all of you~

  20. What a wonderful way to spend Christmas Eve. Your tree is BEAUTIFUL - those garlands are so pretty, are they glass???

  21. Kim, we have so many of the same traditions that I loved reading about yours. We have the tradition of early church services, then pizza for the same reasons that you posted, Christmas lights, one gift (always pj's) the same stories, and a movie. We really love the traditions and love how the boys know exactly what's next and they anticipate it. I do believe that Flemings is a major trade up and my crew would be all about that new tradition=0) I <3 Flemings, they have the best blueberry martini's!

  22. It looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas and I'm sure that Christmas Day was great too! I can't wait to see the pictures and I love the matching mommy-daughter pajamas!

  23. Sooo Precious KIM! I see so many simularities from at our house! LOve your matching PJS!! So glad it was wonderful!

  24. I hope you had a wonderful Xmas. I love your house decor as usual and the Mom-daughter PJs :-)

  25. Once again, great pictures of your Christmas Eve, Kim. It looks like you had just a lovely time celebrating together. And I LOVE those matching jammies! So cute!!

    Happy New Year!

  26. What a sweet Christmas Eve. I love your and Kate's matching PJ's...how fun!
    Can't wait to read about your Christmas.....
    We had a beautiful white Christmas in North Western Arkansas!

  27. love your traditions...we share a few!

    looks like everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day!!!

    My boys also collect nutcrackers, but they choose them before Christmas. This year I started collecting snow globes for Emma as a new tradition!!!

    Santa brought Emma the same exact kitchen as Kate. She LOVES it!

    Can't wait to see your Christmas photos!

  28. The little things mean the most ~ my son and I just had a lovely conversation about his past Christmas memories.

    My favorite part of the holidays is the week between Christmas and New Years. It's my time to really relax and just enjoy my dear family and friends.

    Enjoy ~

  29. It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas eve! We also go to mass (me and kids waiting not patiently in car while hubby always still getting ready!), crock pot dinner, open one present (new pjs you wear that night), read Night Before Christmas, sprinkle reindeer food on lawn, cookies for santa, carrots for reindeer and good night early!!Too many mean spirited 4th graders at school so this is the first year my oldest said, "mom, I know everything". So that was sad for me. I knew the day would come, but too soon. We had a great Christmas and celebrated my 40th the day after. Three friends and I going to FL for a long weekend in January to celebrate some more!

  30. You are creating such wonderful Christmas memories for you children, Kim. One day they will realize how lucky they are, if they don't already!
    Thank you for sharing your holiday with us.
    Wishing you and your beautiful family a Healthy, Happy New Year filled with Love and Peace.


  31. Thank you for sharing your wonderful Christmas traditions with us! I love them ... & your matching PJ's :) I can't wait to start our own traditions next year when we bring our little boy home. Great idea for the name tags ... did you make those that said Twinkle? Hope you guys had a very Merry Christmas & have a very special NewYears celebration!


  32. Love all the decorations and especially Kate's dress!! Where did you find it! *Sorry if one of the earlier commenters asked this already* but I love her snowman dress!

  33. What a beautiful Christmas Eve... I just love all of your traditions & you know I love you all!! It's fun seeing the photos of what I've only heard you describe... You are just so wonderful in every way!! xoxox

  34. Love the pictures. I agree, I like the matching PJs for you and Kate. My hubs' family goes out to eat on Christmas Eve which I love. I know this will be a tradition for our family when we have children. :) Merry Christmas Kim and family!

  35. Precious sweet Christmas Eve traditions, your children will treasure forever, I loved your tee, hanging of the stockings, going to church, the meal, reading the two books! All was beautiful!

    So glad you have a week of family fun and rest maybe too!
    Hope you have a blessed New year as well!

  36. I just LOVE your little traditions...it truly makes the holiday. It is where the memories will lie forever. You all look so so happy.


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